Texas defunds Planned Parenthood, defies Obama’s Medicaid cut-off threat

Excerpt: f there was any hope that the state was seeking a compromise with the federal government over Texas’ Women’s Health Program, it’s fading fast.

At the direction of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Texas Health and Human Services commissioner signed a rule on Thursday that formally bans Planned Parenthood clinics and other “affiliates of abortion providers” from participating in the program – something the Obama administration has said is a deal-breaker for the nearly $40 million-per-year state-federal Medicaid program.

The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14.

“Under federal law, states administer Medicaid and have the right to set the criteria for providers in the program. That is what Texas is doing,” said Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the agency. “We have a state law that our Attorney General says is constitutional, and it clearly bans abortion providers from taking part in the Women’s Health Program. We can’t violate a perfectly valid state law just to appease Washington. We hope CMS will reverse its position and allow the program to continue”.

Stanek herself blasts PP’s pretense of fighting against those who “politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access.” This is exactly what PP does itself to justify the continued stream of tax-funding while also providing abortions. Stanek pulls back the curtain:

Cervical cancer is primarily caused by the Human papillomavirus, an incurable STD.

And if women stopped getting abortions and taking artificial steroids (birth control pills), breast cancer would decrease dramatically.

Planned Parenthood pimps all it claims to cure.

Read full report here.

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