Texas testing Trump administration over abortion providers

Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards on abortion: 'we will never give that up'

Emily Horne, senior legislative associate for the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life, said that the Healthy Texas Women program has better capacity to serve more people than Planned Parenthood does, particularly in rural areas. In other words, Texas is admitting that its callous attack on women's health-care providers deprived Texans of necessary care. The tens of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding that it lost each year was the price Texas had to pay for sticking to its guns.

"Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years". And Texas may well have a good chance.

Missouri and Iowa have both mimicked Texas' removal of Planned Parenthood from their family planning programs, she said.

"If Texas is successful there's no reason to think these others states wouldn't try to do the exact same thing", Nash said.

HHSC spokeswoman Carrie Williams said the state was encouraged to "present new and innovative ideas" to the federal agency that oversees Medicaid. The decision to grant the waiver will fall to Tom Price, Trump's health secretary and a former congressman rated favorably by anti-abortion groups. Dr. Georges Benjamin is the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

"I don't want my federal dollars used for discriminatory practices", Benjamin says.

Depending on how you look at it, Texas' latest move in its fight against Planned Parenthood is either refreshingly honest or disturbingly cruel.

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The clinic offers referrals for patients seeking abortion care, but does not provide it directly. Patients who qualify are women of reproductive age who make up to 200 percent of the poverty line but don't qualify for Medicaid.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. State and federal law already prevented taxpayer dollars from being spent on abortion.

"Unlocked" use emotional appeals to gain support for Planned Parenthood, pointing to other services the organization provides. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn has the story.

I am very strongly in favor of providing federal assistance for women's reproductive health care needs, including all methods of birth control. My name is Paula Turicchi.

The state will collect input until June 12 before submitting the waiver application. Lesley French with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission spelled it out. However, there are as many as 1.8 million low-income women in the state in need of publicly subsidized family planning services, Rocap said. While many Planned Parenthood clinics do offer abortions, their website states that abortions only make up 3% of all health services provided, and are not paid for from the federal funding Planned Parenthood receives because current us law prohibits it. And that's federal Medicaid money which made up 90 percent of its program's financing.

If his administration gives Texas the go-ahead, other states could follow, as could lawsuits. A girl who, without the birth control she got at Planned Parenthood, ends up pregnant and unable to take her college scholarship.

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