Texas cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

Oct 20, 2015

Associated Press

By Associated Press

Texas announced today that it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos featuring discussions about fetal tissue, potentially triggering a federal court fight like one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana.

Planned Parenthood affiliates statewide were told in a letter they were being cut off because they were potentially “liable, directly or by affiliation, for a series of serious Medicaid program violations” highlighted in the videos. The five-page letter from state health officials said the organization was “no longer capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner.”

Planned Parenthood blasted the move in a statement, vowing to “fight back against this outrageous, malicious, political attack in Texas with everything we’ve got” in order to protect women’s access to health care.

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state health officials to investigate after the secretly filmed videos were released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, which alleges the footage showed that Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue for profit. Planned Parenthood denied the allegation and called the videos fraudulent.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, ordered his state to block funding in the wake of the videos, but Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit arguing that Louisiana couldn’t end funding for non-abortion services, such as cancer screenings and gynecological exams. Today, a federal judge ordered the state to continue providing Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics for 14 more days.

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3 comments on “Texas cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

  • Altogether a most unpleasant business, entirely the result of farming out health care to the private sector, then using state subsidies as a stick to beat the recipients you don’t like. No one can complain if the private sector operates for profit, even if it dabbles in distasteful areas of trade. Private medicine is there to make a profit and serve its shareholders.

    A properly funded, publicly organised and controlled, universal health system is the only way to provide proper standards of care to the public.

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  • Planned Parenthood never should have back stepped on the compensation they received for shipping and storage of fetal organs/tissues. They just stopped accepting compensation altogether. It gave this nothing attack on PP the slightest foot in the door that will lead to a full blown attack from all quarters.

    Of course they probably would have got enough grief from the religious nut bags anyway, regardless of doing or not doing anything.

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