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Texas Cuts Off Planned Parenthood Funding From Medicaid

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Texas Cuts Off Planned Parenthood Funding From Medicaid

Excerpted From The Hill: Planned Parenthood will no longer receive funding from Texas’s Medicaid program, state health officials announced Tuesday.

Officials delivered a final legal notice to Planned Parenthood, the Texas Tribune reports, and the change will take effect in 30 days unless the organization files an appeal with the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and state health officials first moved to cut Medicaid funding last year when controversial undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials surfaced.

Anti-abortion groups have claimed the videos prove the organization is “harvesting” fetal tissue, but the videos were proven to be highly edited, and Planned Parenthood fully denied the allegations.

Texas’s Planned Parenthood affiliates use Medicaid funding for family planning and women’s health services — separate from its abortion services, which don’t receive public funds.

The battle will likely move to federal court.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit a year ago to try to block Texas from stripping the organization of Medicaid funding, but it has sat idle as it waited for the state to deliver its final legal notice, the Tribune notes.

The Obama administration has repeatedly warned Texas and other states that stripping Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood affiliates could violate federal law. Keep reading