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Planned Parenthood sues Texas over health care exclusion - jaxx - 04-11-2012 08:34 PM
Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM PDT
Planned Parenthood sues Texas over health care exclusion
by Joan McCarter
Last month, the state of Texas lost Medicaid funding for the state's Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program. The federal government was forced to revoke the funding because Texas refused to comply with federal law in its insistence on cutting Planned Parenthood clinics out of the provider loop for the program.
Now, eight Planned Parenthood chapters are directly challenging the state. They have filed suit Wednesday to block the state from cutting off access to its clinics through the Women's Health Program.
The groups, none of which provide abortions, contend in the federal lawsuit that a new state law banning organizations affiliated with abortion providers from participating in the Women's Health Program has nothing to do with providing medical care and is simply intended to silence individuals or groups who support abortion rights. Texas law already requires that groups receiving federal or state funding be legally and financially separate from clinics that perform abortions.
This is good and I hope they can stop the clinics from being closed.
RE: Planned Parenthood sues Texas over health care exclusion - SeattleGirl - 04-11-2012 10:58 PM
I hope so too, jaxx. By not complying with federal law and losing the money for women's health programs, they have put many women in the state in jeopardy.
RE: Planned Parenthood sues Texas over health care exclusion - sandnsea - 04-12-2012 02:18 AM
Strange to me how Texas thinks it can cut off PP but continue to give money to whatever faith-based clinics exist in the state.