After a five-year legal battle between Texas and Planned Parenthood, the state's November court victory allowing it to cease funding the abortion giant through Medicaid went into effect on Wednesday.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state after the Texas Office of the Inspector General (OIG) learned that Planned Parenthood violated federal regulations when it altered abortion procedures to harvest baby body parts.
Planned Parenthood facilities in Texas received about $3.1 million in taxpayer funding from Medicaid annually, and the abortion organization argued that eliminating the funding would hurt Texas women seeking basic health care. Abortion remains a billion-dollar industry for Planned Parenthood nationwide.
The organization's last annual report showed that it received $616.8 million in government funding nationally, with about 90% of that coming from Medicaid. Medicaid funds, however, do not pay for abortions directly. Rather, Medicaid funds Planned Parenthood's abortion business indirectly.