Texas bans Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood effective this week

President Joe Biden has entered office with executive action that expands U.S. taxpayer funding of abortions.

Texas leaders, however, have just won their own victory in an ongoing fight to end such federal funding of the procedures. As of Wednesday, Planned Parenthood locations across the state will no longer be allowed to receive Medicaid funding.

“Leaves it up to a State”

According to Breitbart, the state moved to disqualify the abortion provider in 2015 as part of its response to undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress, which purportedly showed that Planned Parenthood agents were selling tissue from aborted fetuses.

Texas argued that Planned Parenthood was not capable of “performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner.”

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision in November, rejecting the argument that individual patients have the authority to contest the state’s determination regarding which providers are “qualified.”

That ruling determined: “The Medicaid Act leaves it up to a State to determine if a particular provider’s Medicaid agreement should be terminated because the provider is not ‘qualified’ or terminated on other grounds.”

Despite the Hyde Amendment’s prohibition on taxpayer dollars being used to fund abortions, Planned Parenthood has received about $616.8 million from “government health services reimbursements and grants,” much of it from Medicaid, according to the group’s most recent annual report.

“Willing to serve poor people”

In a statement by Planned Parenthood South Texas President Jeffrey Hons, the appeals court ruling amounted to a “political” move that would force poor women in the state to “scramble for basic health care.”

Pro-abortion activists often frame efforts to defund Planned Parenthood as an attack on medical services provided in such facilities, though pro-life advocates typically dismiss the argument as a smokescreen.

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Executive Director Jennifer Allmon insists that blocking Medicaid funding will impede Planned Parenthood’s “ability to use the guise of Medicaid funded contraceptive visits to encourage abortion.”

Although most arguments in favor of funding Planned Parenthood focus on its supposed healthcare benefits, some Democrats are campaigning to eliminate the Hyde Amendment altogether.

After all, as Allmon argued, there are currently “hundreds of providers” across her state that are “willing to serve poor women with authentic healthcare services that are not also peddling abortion.”

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  1. I am for abortion if the mental and or physical health of the parent is an issue. I just wish there were more locations where the parent could take the child if they could not or would not take of them without the stigma or the press releasing their identity.

    1. I am only for abortion paid for with taxpayer funds in the case of REAL, MEDICALLY PROVEN need to save the lives of the child or mother or both. Otherwise, if you want to have an abortion, pay for it yourself!

  2. I agree with the above,after deep thinking it can not be like that.The old statement give a inch.If they say only if raped,they will say they were raped.If they say mental,they will all say they have mental problems.If only it were that simple.Watch videos on infanticide then think about it.You will be singing a different tune.

    1. I agree with you. Planned Parenthood is going to do anything to keep their free product coming. They are certainly not above lying, since they are fine with murder. They are doing something to line their pockets with these aborted babies. They are monsters in my opinion. Women, please stop using abortion as birth control.

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  4. We were all created by Almighty God, in His Image. Even those sixty two plus million little created beings wantonly murdered in their mother’s wombs since the inception of Roe vs Wade.
    Has it occurred to anyone that this Covid pandemic may be judgement from God for the satanic action of abortion?
    Planned Parenthood was founded on an evil premise and (in my opinion) is still a demonic entity and needs to be put out of business.
    Abortion on demand needs to be overturned and all government funding needs to stop immediately.

  5. Read this morning one vaccine for coronavirus is using lung tissue from a Aborted baby boy
    In their vaccine. Looks like now we are aborting babies now to make vaccines. Joe Biden just signed to support abortion around the world


  7. Why should i pay for abortion i did not get them pregnant .maybe we should fix those woman that keep getting abortions

  8. As a ninety year old, plus, man who has heard throughout his life this
    quote from the Bible, “I knew you when you were in your mother’s
    womb”, it becomes troubling to me when I see supposed Christians
    sitting on ‘deacons’ row in church while voting for any political
    party that thinks it is all right to stick an ice pick in the brain of a
    newly born child.
    In my book, “My momma voted democrat and my daddy voted democrat
    and they would turn over in their graves if I ever failed to vote the same
    party” seems just a tiny bit inconsistent with Christianity today.
    Perhaps, it helps to explain this inconsistency in Christian worship if we
    realize that the same folks who think it’s all right to kill babies, are the
    exact same people who voted for that idiot from Delaware/

    1. Thank you for that BC! My Mother had me when she was barely 16 and gave me up for Adoption. I was adopted by a wonderful family and have had an amazing life. I recently met my birth father and mother. And it has been an interesting experience getting to know them. I was raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family. And I am very conservative, and because of my life, I do not believe in abortion. My birth mother is a practicing, maybe not devout, but a strong Catholic. She says she doesn’t support abortion but she is a Democrat. Personally I don’t see how the two are compatible. She tries to tell me she is a moderate Democrat but she voted for Biden and wholeheartedly believes that he won fair and square and President Trump incited the Capital incursion and he should be impeached. We had a talk about it but she is so indoctrinated that she doesn’t she it. I just don’t understand how her so called beliefs can be compatible with the Democrats and especially what Biden is doing! It is so disheartening that I am at a loss as to how to deal with it. After having me and telling me she doesn’t believe in abortion, how can she vote for ANY Democrat? I get that President Trump rubbed people the wrong way, but he was good for the economy, the security of our nation, and for the citizens of this great country! Are people really that petty that they can’t see past a person’s bad qualities to see the good in them? Or is that simply rhetorical? Should I even try to talk with her about it? Or is it simply a lost cause?

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