The House voted 230-188 Thursday to repeal a regulation that prohibits states from defunding organizations that perform abortions, including Planned Parenthood, the largest American abortion provider. According to the Heritage Foundation, Planned Parenthood performs one out of every three abortions in the U.S.
The abortion ban was put in place by Congress January 18, just two days before President Obama left office. The Obama administration pushed through a rule that targeted family planning funding under Title X of the Public Health Service Act, requiring that states treat all health providers equally, whether they perform abortions or not.
Republican Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, who heads the health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy, said the vote was a positive step towards returning power to the states.
“In the final hours of the Obama administration, a rule was pushed through that dramatically reduced states’ authority to allocate Title X funding as they see fit,” Burgess said in a statement. “We believe that states have the right to choose the healthcare providers that best serve the needs of their local communities and the Obama administration’s rule undermines that critical authority.”
After the House vote, the repeal of the ban will go to the Senate, where it will require a simple majority vote to be passed.