Published: Thu, December 22, 2016
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Texas is officially defunding Planned Parenthood

Texas is officially defunding Planned Parenthood

Indeed, almost 30,000 fewer women received necessary women's health services from the Texas Women's Health Program (WHP) after the state barred care at Planned Parenthood in 2011, according to a report by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Late Tuesday, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas received a final notice of termination from the Texas Health and Human Service Commission, which advised the group that its participation in the Medicaid program would end in 30 days.

Bowen wrote that the videos revealed Planned Parenthood's history of "deviating from accepted standards" to procure tissue samples for researchers and a "willingness to charge more than the costs incurred for procuring fetal tissue", along with other violations.

"Your actions violate generally accepted medical standards, as reflected in state and federal law, and are Medicaid program violations that justify termination", the letter stated.

That seemed to work well, and abortions were down 15 percent in Texas over the past year, but the Supreme Court struck down the new legislation and made Texas start over again in their effort to run out Planned Parenthood and any other organization that supports abortion services. "Yet Greg Abbott is hell-bent on chasing this ideological agenda, regardless of how many women it hurts", said Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes.

It will now be much harder for low-income women to get health services from Planned Parenthood in Texas.

Planned Parenthood is on the aim of Texas decided to cut down the Medicaid Funding

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.

But the lawsuit sat virtually idle for a year because Texas had not delivered its final legal notice to defund the organization. As thousands of women across the state could be left without essential health care, many supporters are now wondering how to donate to Texas' Planned Parenthood.

Feeding on outrage sparked by the release of controversial undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials, Republicans cited the videos - and unspecified allegations of billing fraud - as proof of "acts of misconducts" by the organization and said they would cut off Medicaid funding.

Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider but receives no public funding in Texas for those services.

This September, a federal judge found a similar law in Arkansas also violated Medicaid statutes protecting the rights of patients. President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign that Planned Parenthood helped "millions of women" but has also endorsed calls for defunding. Texas's decision comes as the organization is still trying to keep Congress from ending taxpayer funding as well.

"If the nation follows Texas' lead to defund [Planned Parenthood], it will be nothing less than a national health care disaster", Ms. Richards said in a tweet on Wednesday.

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