Texas health officials announced Monday that they were taking steps to end the state’s Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood after the release this year of undercover videos targeting the nonprofit’s fetal tissue donation program.
In letters to all Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state, the state health department’s inspector general said the videos persuaded them that the organization was “no longer capable of providing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner.”
The move would mean that the affiliates would no longer be reimbursed for serving low-income people who are eligible for Medicaid. But similar efforts in other states have been blocked by the federal courts because states are not permitted to pick and choose which organizations may receive reimbursement through the Medicaid program.
Planned Parenthood officials indicated Monday that they plan to take legal action to challenge the inspector general’s decision… FULL STORY
Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek regarding the decision of Texas Monday to terminate funding for Planned Parenthood because of its numerous scandals:
“Texas is right to recognize that taxpayer money should go to fund local community health centers, not to subsidize a scandal-ridden, billion-dollar abortion business. Texans shouldn’t be forced to give their money to Planned Parenthood, which was caught in authenticated undercover videos trafficking aborted babies’ body parts and has a long track record of abusive and potentially fraudulent billing practices and repeated failures to report the sexual abuse of girls. That tax money should be redirected to trusted health care providers, not given to the abortion industry.” (#DefundPP)
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