Planned Parenthood has recently learned that the State of Texas intends to cut funding to Medicaid’s support of their agency.
Texas Monthly reported that the Inspector General of the State of Texas, Stuart Bowen, Jr., said this in a letter to the agency:
“The State has determined that you and your Planned Parenthood affiliates are no longer capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal and ethical manner,” and that as a result, Planned Parenthood will be cut out of the state Medicaid program.
Medicaid dollars represent one third of the funding for the agency. If Texas is successful in pulling Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood in the State, it will put a hole in their overall budget and make operations more difficult. Despite this deficit, federal funding would still continue, so it would not shut Planned Parenthood down.
Planned Parenthood abortion clinics have been opposed by pro-life supporters for years, but the battle heated up this summer when videos were released which indicated that the agency sells fetal body parts.
Inspector General Bowen’s letter makes the point that Planned Parenthood is not the only women’s health facility available to the public. Texas Monthly continues:
It’s clear from Bowen’s letter that that’s the point of this action. He makes references throughout to the other women’s health organizations that could pick up the slack without having been featured in controversial videos. There are questions about how many of those clinics there actually are, though, and what services they provide. All of which is to say that there are a lot of people in Texas who still use Planned Parenthood for their health care needs, and who may find themselves needing to switch to another provider if the courts don’t intervene here. We’ll see how all of that shakes out in the days, weeks, and months to come—but the stakes here are certainly high.
As Texas takes the lead with this action, we can only hope that they are successful and that other states follow suit. Louisiana is in a court battle over its rights to cut the agency’s funding because of services they offer that are not related to reproductive health. South Carolina, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, and Alabama have all discussed ending state medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.