Last month, officials in Texas announced the state was dropping Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program in response to a series of incendiary undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group. On Monday, Planned Parenthood struck back by filing a lawsuit against the state in Austin. The group says the reproductive health of some 13,500 women statewide is at risk. News of the lawsuit was announced in a series of posts on Twitter by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. “Today Planned Parenthood is taking Texas to court on behalf of the 13,500 patients who come to us for care through Medicaid,” Richards said in a tweet. The group is trying to keep Medicaid reimbursements in effect at all of its clinics in the Lone Star State — even the clinics that don’t provide abortion services. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to a 2013 abortion law in Texas that has so far forced more than 40 abortion clinics in the state to be shut down, and could result in another dozen being closed by next year. A recently released study has found that since that strict law went into effect in 2013, many women in the state have resorted to performing DIY abortions.
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