Texas blocked from removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

Texas blocked from removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

Following a three-day hearing, a federal district court judge in Austin, Texas, issued a temporary injunction to block the state from removing Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program.

The state’s plan to remove Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program would deny more than 11,000 poor residents from accessing preventive health care from providers of their choice, as well as would strip the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics of millions of dollars annually.

The current legal action is the latest in a string of the state’s attempts to defund local affiliates of the United States’ biggest provider of women’s health and reproductive care. It is also a part of a bigger movement of the conservatives to cut government funding for all Planned Parenthood facilities.

During a recent town hall meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “We don’t want to commit taxpayer funding for abortion, and Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider.”

In the pending Texas lawsuit, Stuart Bowen, the inspector general for the Texas Health & Human Services Commission that oversees the Medicaid program, hopes to oust all three of the state’s Planned Parenthood affiliates from Medicaid program.

Texas’ Planned Parenthood affiliates are: Planned Parenthood Greater Texas, Planned Parenthood South Texas, and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. These three affiliates collectively operate thirty clinics across the state.


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