Inhofe Votes to Protect States' Ability to Withhold Funding from Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading social conservative, today voted in favor of H. J. Res. 43, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that walks back a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that would block the ability of states to withhold funding from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Inhofe was an original cosponsor of this legislation. The CRA resolution passed the Senate and now goes to the president’s desk. 

The passage of this CRA is a clear and important step in protecting the rights of the unborn,” Inhofe said.  “Moreover, this CRA reinforces states’ rights that the Obama administration attempted to strip via midnight rule. For decades, the HHS Title X grant program has provided states with funding to distribute to heath care providers as they best see fit while prohibiting funds from being given to programs that consider abortion a form of family planning. I am pleased to walk back language that would weaken a state’s ability to prioritize the programs that work for their citizens, including restricting taxpayer funds to abortion providers.”

Tony Lauinger, state chairman of Oklahomans For Life, praised the passage of H. J. Res. 43.

"The individual states are best able to determine the most suitable entities for implementing the Title X program within their own states. We very much appreciate Senator Inhofe’s support for protecting the right of the states to make these decisions.” 

Background

 On Sept. 23, 2016, Inhofe joined numerous colleagues in sending a letter to then HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell opposing this rule.