TX denies Planned Parenthood request to continue receiving Medicaid funding

by Laura Mize · Feb 2nd, 2021 11:37 am

Last Updated Feb 3rd, 2021 at 5:21 pm

The state of Texas has denied a request from Planned Parenthood to extend its receipt of Medicaid reimbursement funds beyond Tuesday.

The move comes after a federal appeals court found in November that the state has the right to determine Planned Parenthood is not qualified to receive Medicaid funding.

In a statement issued after that ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton cited the abortion provider's practice of harvesting fetal tissue for research purposes.

Planned Parenthood had argued, essentially, that women have the right to determine whether a given facility is a qualified Medicaid recipient. The federal appeals court ruling disagreed.

"The Medicaid Act leaves it up to a State to determine if a particular provider's Medicaid agreement should be terminated because the provider is not ‘qualified' or terminated on other grounds," wrote Priscilla Owen, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in the majority opinion.

A Texas law also prohibits dismemberment abortion in the second trimester, and another bars state and local government entities from signing contracts with organizations that provide abortions or promote them. The dismemberment ban is currently being challenged in court.


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