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Doubling down

Texas announces plan to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood

December 21, 2016

Texas officially gave Planned Parenthood final notice of plans to cut off Medicaid funding to the group this week — despite the fact that federal judges had blocked similar attempts in other Republican-controlled states such as Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kansas.

In the wake of anti-abortion videos that claimed to show Planned Parenthood profiting from sales of fetal tissue, Repuglican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to end Medicaid funding to the group last year. Texas Health and Human Services Inspector General Stuart Bowen cited the videos as “the basis for your termination” in his letter to Planned Parenthood. Representatives for Planned Parenthood, which already receives no public funding for abortion services in the Lone Star State, have said that their clinics provide service for nearly 11,000 women in Texas each year through Medicaid. Despite facing investigations in more than 13 states, Planned Parenthood has yet to face charges of any wrongdoing.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richard denounced the decision to cut off Medicaid funding, warning that “Texas is a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation.” Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down an anti-abortion law in Texas that could have left only 10 abortion clinics running in the entire state. Days after that ruling, Texas legislators put forward motions to require the burial or cremation of fetal remains — a measure that passed in November, but was officially put on hold by a federal judge last week.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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