Just how committed is the federal government to Planned Parenthood? Enough to put more than 100,000 low-income Texas women at risk.
The Lone Star State has completely defunded Planned Parenthood and other providers of elective abortions. Congress, meanwhile is looking into allegations that Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide have committed Medicaid fraud. Late last week, the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced it will withhold Medicaid dollars from Texas unless it allows Planned Parenthood to have some of the money.
That’s the money the Texas Women’s Health Program relies on to provide low-income women with breast cancer screenings and other preventive services.
“Our Legislature decided in 2011 that we were not going to fund abortions or abortion affiliates of Planned Parenthood, and this administration basically doesn’t care,” Gov. Rick Perry said, adding that the administration is violating the 10th Amendment.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott may take it to court.
“Greg has clearly said that if they continue to go after the State of Texas that he will sue to defend our constitutional right to administer this program,” Perry said.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read a letter from state Sen. Robert F. Deuell seeking an opinion from state Attorney General Greg Abbot about whether defunding Planned Parenthood is constitutional
Read Abbott’s response.