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Texas defunds Planned Parenthood, ends $3.1 million in Medicaid funding

The state of Texas has officially defunded Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program, a decision that was announced last year but took some time. A final notice has been sent, mentioning undercover videos which show Planned Parenthood employees discussing how they harvest aborted baby body parts. The Texas Tribune, which obtained a copy of the notice, reported:

Planned Parenthood had previously received $3.1 million in Medicaid funding, but those dollars will be nixed in 30 days, according to the notice which was obtained by The Texas Tribune.

That cut-off day will only be delayed if the organization appeals the state’s decision in the next 15 days by requesting an administrative hearing with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. But Planned Parenthood officials say they will instead turn to the courts to block the cuts.

In a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Texas officials said the abortion giant’s gruesome fetal parts trafficking practices, as well as Medicaid fraud, led to the termination in funding.

… [T]here is reliable information indicating a pattern of illegal billing practices by Planned Parenthood affiliates, including you, across the State.

Our prima facie case of fraud is supported by related cases involving fraudulent practices identified by Whistleblowers from inside the Texas Planned Parenthood network. These Whistleblowers alleged in federal court that Planned Parenthood encourages employees to knowingly file false claims.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in November 2015, and plans to seek a preliminary injunction in that ongoing suit, according to a statement from Yvonne Gutierrez of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes.

Although the abortion chain and its media allies promote the narrative that Planned Parenthood does good for the community, they refuse to report that Planned Parenthood has been recommended for criminal prosecution and FBI investigation by Congress. They also fail to note comprehensive health centers far outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities.

In Texas there are 38 Planned Parenthood locations, while the state has 732 health centers.

Image via Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Despite the cry from Planned Parenthood and the media, women will still have places to go to for health care services. When the Obama administration canceled programs in 2012, Texas still managed to fund women’s health care. Texan Abby Johnson, formerly a Planned Parenthood director and now pro-life activist, shared in a Facebook post: “Texas established a program called Healthy Texas Women that has almost 5,000 Medicaid providers.”

Johnson also mentioned claims of fraud regarding Planned Parenthood, which have also been exposed by former Planned Parenthood director Sue Thayer, whose lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will be moving forward.

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