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Texas Moves To Cut Medicaid Funding For Planned Parenthood

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Texas Moves To Cut Medicaid Funding For Planned Parenthood

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas plans to block about $3 million in Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood operations in the state, according to a legal document obtained on Wednesday, a move the reproductive healthcare group said could affect nearly 11,000 low-income people.

Planned Parenthood said it would seek court help to block the funding halt, which would cut cancer screenings, birth control, HIV testing and other programs.

Planned Parenthood gets about $500 million annually in federal funds, largely in reimbursements through Medicaid, which provides health coverage to millions of low-income Americans.

Texas and several other Republican-controlled states have tried to cut the organization’s funding after an anti-abortion group released videos last year that it said showed officials from Planned Parenthood negotiating prices for fetal tissues from abortions it performs.

Texas sent a final termination notice to Planned Parenthood in the state on Tuesday to alert it of the funding cut, the document showed, saying the basis of the termination was the videos.

Planned Parenthood has denied wrongdoing, saying the videos were heavily edited and that it does not profit from fetal tissue donation. It has challenged similar defunding efforts in other states, calling them politically motivated.

Republican President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood, and at least 14 states have tried to pass legislation or taken administration action to prevent the organization from receiving federal Title X funding.

“Texas is a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation,” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement. “With this action, the state is doubling down on reckless policies that have been absolutely devastating for women.”

The Texas governor’s office was not immediately available for comment. The state investigated Planned Parenthood over the videos. A grand jury in January cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing and indicted the anti-abortion activists who made the videos for tampering with government records.

About a year ago, the Texas health department cut funding to a Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate for a nearly three-decade-old HIV prevention program. The contract was federally funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but managed by the state.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

IMAGE: Protesters gather outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake 



  1. Godzilla December 21, 2016

    This is what selling baby parts gets them. Busted! Now REAL doctors get to handle Womens health, gee, imagine that. Sorry that the Dems may have a difficulty controlling certain populations….but it’s only Texas.

    1. dtgraham December 21, 2016

      Nope, PP was exonerated and a Houston grand jury indicted David Daleiden, the founder and self-proclaimed leader of the anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress on criminal charges, including one felony charge. The grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of all wrongdoing. They indicted the anti-abortion activists who made the videos, for tampering with government records.

      Now what will REAL doctors charge those low income women for what PP was doing at little to no charge?

      You know, my lizard friend, where I’m from…arguing with Conservatives is a helluva lot harder. Correcting and schooling National Memo Republicans is just a turkey shoot. You’re fish in a barrel. I get lazy and spoiled here.

      1. FireBaron December 22, 2016

        Helpy and DT, please remember, Godzilla never bothers with facts as long as Alex Jones and Steve Bannon have BS to spread and mooks like him just believe.

        1. dtgraham December 22, 2016

          I didn’t know that Godzilla wants jail time for spreading fake news. His only hope is early parole at this point.

    2. I Am Helpy December 21, 2016

      Gosh, another conspiracy theory from the dude who said that spreading fake news should result in jail time. How many years do you think you should get for this one, Godzilla? By my estimate you’re already up to a couple of life sentences.

    3. FireBaron December 22, 2016

      ‘Zilla, Planned Parenthood does not sell baby parts. 90% of the services they provide, even in such a benighted state as Texas, involve women’s health. Mammograms, cervical cancer screening, pre-natal wellness checks, pregnancy care, etc. They provide lactation counseling for nursing mothers, postpartum depression treatment, and many other services. Many of these services are charged at no or reduced costs to women who have been locked out of the health care system by states like Texas that have refused the Medicaid expansion program.
      So guess what happens? Now these women will have to be admitted as “charity cases” at the local hospitals. The hospitals turn around and bill the state, and the state has to raise “revenue” to cover these costs. Oh, and in case you in your Jurassic mindset haven’t figured this out yet, “revenue” is a code word for “Taxes and Fees”. Living in New England, I am not bothered at all if Texas has to gouge the conservatives who have denied needed services to low-income women who want to bring a healthy child into the world.

  2. undsoweiter December 21, 2016

    And exactly 0 states have won in court.

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  3. bojimbo26 December 22, 2016

    Texassssssssssssss `officials` War on Medicine .


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