Via The Hill:

The Obama administration on Wednesday released a long-awaited regulation that bars states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political reasons.

The rule comes after more than a dozen GOP governors and state legislatures have attempted to block Medicaid funding from going toward Planned Parenthood clinics in their state.

Nearly all the defunding actions have been challenged in court, and many have already been struck down, including in Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Dr. Karen Scott, the chief medical officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said the rule “clarifies that all organizations able to provide these services should be eligible to compete for funds.”

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