The state of Texas will no longer be funding abortions with taxpayer money, after a decision made by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last November. Prior to the ruling, Planned Parenthood received over $3 million tax payer dollars through Medicaid each year in Texas. The decision marks the end of a five year legal battle by the abortion provider.
“Medicaid providers in Texas are required to follow Texas Medicaid policies and federal and state law. The Texas Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found Planned Parenthood violated federal regulations by altering abortion procedures to harvest baby body parts. Thus, the OIG terminated Planned Parenthood’s provider contract.”A statement by Texas Right to Life
The Right celebrates the win. The Conservative Tribune wrote, “This is great news for the pro-life movement.” “There are hundreds of providers throughout the state of Texas willing to serve poor women with authentic healthcare services that are not also peddling abortion,” noted Jennifer Allmon, Executive Director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. LifeNews website stated, “Planned Parenthood leaders argued that the change will hurt Texans’ access to health care, but Planned Parenthood does not provide much basic health care. Its ‘core mission’ is aborting unborn babies.”
“As much as abortion advocates will cry this decision hurts the poor and oppressed, Planned Parenthood has been repeatedly caught abusing the very same medical program that is indeed supposed to help low-income families.”Abby Johnson, Pro-life activist and former Planned Parenthood director
The Left condemns the move and believes it is a loss for womens’ rights. Planned Parenthood, long a favorite of the Left, has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas in response to the decision. “Texas’s Medicaid ‘defunding’ offers a clear example of how critical it is for the Biden-Harris administration to stop attacks that target the reproductive health care of people with low incomes, women, and people of color,” read a statement by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. The organization’s Executive Director Dyana Limon-Mercado stated, “Planned Parenthood won’t back down in this fight and will do everything in its power to ensure that patients have access to health care.”
“Let’s be clear: Gov. Abbott, emboldened by the Trump legacy, is harming the same people who are struggling the most to survive this pandemic.”Alexis McGill Johnson, President of the Planned Parenthood
In Texas, 1 in 3 women of reproductive age has private insurance but cannot use it for an abortion. We must end the healthcare discrimination and support the EACH Woman Act #RepealHyde #EndHyde #Youknowme https://t.co/KYIoXgJn2i— Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (@GRRNow) January 28, 2021