Pro-life groups hope that Tom Price, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, will increase efforts to combat abortion.
"His strong pro-life record reassures the American public that HHS under President Trump will abandon its aggressive abortion agenda," Catholic Association policy adviser Grazie Pozo Christie said, the Washington Examiner reported.
Price represented Georgia in the House of Representatives from 2004 until he took office in Trump's Cabinet. He could remove a rule that President Barack Obama instituted before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Under the Obama rule, states cannot exclude the women's health provider Planned Parenthood from Title X federal funds for family planning centers.
Melanie Israel, research associate for the think tank Heritage Foundation, called the rule a "parting gift for Planned Parenthood." She said Congress is considering removing the rule, but if they don’t, Price could take action.
The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List praised Price’s confirmation, noting his 100 percent pro-life voting record.
Groups that support abortion rights have criticized Price’s nomination to Health and Human Services, pointing out that record in the House of Representatives.
"Throughout his career, Rep. Price has gleefully advanced his own political ideology and self-interest at the expense of sound healthcare policy," NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a statement Friday.
Price has called for defunding of Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions; although federal law prohibits funding for the procedure, The Hill reported.
Planned Parenthood also provides breast cancer screenings and other health services for women. Republicans have attempted for years to take away the $500 million that Planned Parenthood receives in federal funds, the Examiner reported.
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