October 19, 2015 — “I applaud the state of Texas for no longer allowing Planned Parenthood to receive Medicaid money. Texas’s inspector general concluded what Live Action’s investigations have shown for years: that Planned Parenthood has repeatedly neglected the minimum standards of care it is supposed to provide to clients; that it is not operating in a ‘safe, legal, and ethical manner;’ and that it is willing to put profits ahead of its clients. Texas authorities have also found evidence that Planned Parenthood is defrauding taxpayers through a pattern of illegal billing practices, including billing for services that are medically unnecessary.
“Despite Planned Parenthood’s tens of millions of dollars in advertising to get women through its doors and its claims that women won’t have other places to go if its taxpayer funding is cut, the reality is that low-income women in Texas – and all throughout America – have so many more choices than going to an unsafe and corrupt Planned Parenthood facility. In fact, there are over 13,000 federally qualified health care clinics that provide comprehensive and better care to women – on average, 20 clinics for every one Planned Parenthood facility.
“Planned Parenthood’s recent baby parts trafficking is the latest abuse in a long line of abuses, as states are beginning to discover. I encourage other states to show Planned Parenthood the same scrutiny that Texas has, because we know that these issues are certainly not limited to one region of the country.”
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