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Planned Parenthood facing challenges after Trump signs new legislation

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Laura Terrill, Vice President of Executive Services at Planned Parenthood of Montana. Laura Terrill, Vice President of Executive Services at Planned Parenthood of Montana.
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Planned Parenthood in Montana currently serves over 15,000 Montanans, but federal funding for Planned Parenthood across the country could be pulled.

President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday, April 13, allowing states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

The bill overturns a rule put in place last year by President Obama.

It required that state and local governments distribute federal funding to health providers for services related to contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screening, even if they perform abortions.

In recent years, more than a dozen states have tried withholding funds from Planned Parenthood and now states have the option to do so.

“It (funding) has provided us with the opportunity to educate people here in Montana and across the country about what Planned parenthood does,” said Laura Terrill, Vice President of Executive Services at Planned Parenthood of Montana. “We provide critical health care services, everything from cancer screenings to STI detection and treatment, access to birth control and we provide educational services as well.”

On Tuesday, April 18, there will be a rally at noon downtown Bozeman to call on Senator Daines and Senator Tester to reject cuts in health care. The event is set for noon to 1 p.m. at the post office on Babcock Street.

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