Colorado 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, stepped back into the abortion debate last week with her praise for a new Obama administration regulation that forbids states from withholding federal family planning services from low-income persons.
DeGette said the regulation ensures "vital" health care for low-income women. DeGette is co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.
Although the regulation ensures funding for health care providers of a variety of treatments and tests, the most controversial part refers to funds for Planned Parenthood affiliates that provide abortions.
The Obama administration claimed authority for the rule under Title X of the 1970 Public Health Service Act.