President Trump just burst millions of left-wing feminists’ collective bubble.
On Saturday, women in cities across the country participated in the national Women’s March–a female-focused political event largely organized as a protest against the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration.
As feminists, Democratic politicians, and liberal celebrities spoke out in favor of abortion access, the president thrilled pro-life Americans by announcing a policy change that will make it easier for states to defund abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
On Friday, officials with the US Department of Health and Human Services told Reuters that the department would revoke an Obama-era legal guidance that discouraged states from directing Medicaid funds away abortion providers.
The guidance warned that states could be violating the law by ending Medicaid funding for entities that perform abortions.
Under the Obama administration, states were urged to only bar health care providers from receiving Medicaid funds if they were unable to perform or bill services.
In a press call with reporters, HHS public affairs secretary Charmaine Yoest described the change, which came in a letter from the president to Medicaid directors.
“Reinstating the pre-2016 standards frees up states to once again decide for themselves what reasonable standards they use to protect Medicaid programs and their beneficiaries,” The Hill quoted Yoest as saying.
“This is part of the Trump administration’s effort to roll back regulations the Obama administration put out to radically favor abortion,” she concluded.
President Trump touted the change during a pro-life speech at the White House’s Rose Garden, which was broadcast to participants in the March for Life, a pro-life event held every year in Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the country.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2018
“I have also just reversed the previous administration’s policy that restricted states’ efforts to direct Medicaid funding away from abortion facilities that violate the law,” President Trump said.
The president called the Roe v. Wade decision “wrong” and declared “it has to change.”
“Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life,” President Trump asserted.
The speech marked the first time a president has addressed the March for Life event.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, called on Congress to “finish what this pro-life administration has started” by defunding Planned Parenthood.
President Trump is fighting for the rights of women–including those in the womb–and taking heat from Women’s March protesters for it.
In the face of Women’s March protesters, President Trump had a pointed response.
“Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”
Which party is really on the side of women?