The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) UU He announced on Friday that he would revoke a "legal orientation" of the Obama era that discouraged states from de-funding organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, which provide abortion services.
According to officials who spoke with Reuters, HHS will implement new regulations designed to protect the civil rights of health workers based on religious and conscientious objections.
HHS said the changes were necessary after years that the federal government forced workers to provide medical services to provide services such as abortion, euthanasia and sterilization.
The Obama era guide restricted the ability of states to "take certain action against family planning providers who offer abortions," according to a statement from HHS.
Medicaid is funded by state and federal taxes. But under federal law, Medicaid is prohibited from funding abortion services. Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood receive funding for abortions from other sources.
Critics ridiculed HHS's measure as the Trump administration's latest effort to dismantle the legacy of President Barack Obama.
Friday's announcement from HHS coincided with the 45th annual "March for Life." The event is celebrated every year by pro-life protesters on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade of 1973 that legalized abortion throughout the country.