A federal court ruled Thursday that state Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates must continue despite efforts by the Jindal administration to block the funds.
Wednesday’s ruling is the latest loss for GOP lawmakers trying to defund the reproductive health-care provider from state-run Medicaid programs.
The bill was passed by the state senate with a 23-10 vote along partisan lines, after Republican lawmakers cancelled a scheduled hearing on the legislation to hurry the bill to the floor for a vote.
Most people would consider it unusual to pick a corrections facility if they were in the market for a breast exam. But that’s exactly what is suggested by a new website launched last month by 17 of the nation’s most prominent anti-choice groups.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission Inspector General Stuart Bowen issued a letter Monday to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, informing the organization that he was ending its participation in the state’s Medicaid program.
Monday’s order is the latest federal court ruling pushing back against GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood facilities in the wake of this summer’s release of heavily edited videos alleging Planned Parenthood violated federal law by selling fetal tissue.
Republicans, who control the state senate, are poised to push anti-choice legislation. It remains unclear how much success they will have in a divided legislature.
Arkansas is the latest conservative-run state to have efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health-care centers blocked by a federal court.
The #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag seemed to strike a nerve with the Twitter users who heaped scorn and harassment on women who shared their stories.
The misleadingly-named “Women’s Public Health and Safety Act” would allow states to kick health-care providers out of their Medicaid programs for performing abortions, or being connected in almost any way to abortion services.