A judge for the on Sunday that Louisiana must resume providing Medicaid funding to clinics for 14 days. Judge John deGravelles’s ruling, which was on Monday, came out in response to a recent order by block funding to the clinics.
Texas has planned on cutting Medicaid funding, which has considerably risen after the release of a number of videos showing Planned Parenthood staff discussing issues regarding fetal tissue sales and price negotiations after abortion procedures. In their , Planned Parenthood said: “It’s wrong to downplay the vital preventive health and reproductive health services,” they provide.
“In recent years, the provider network available to Texas Medicaid patients has declined, to just over 30% of practicing physicians,” the states. The order also would end federal dollars awarded through Medicaid. Texas is among the five states that have tried to block funding for Planned Parenthood. Abortion related issues have been a heated topic of discussion for the past several years in the US. Earlier this month, the US House of Representatives approved the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, a bill that would cut all federal funding to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood sued Texas on Monday for removing it from the Medicaid program of the state. It has initiated and set what seems to be another long-lasting legal brawl over recent attempts by Republican leaders to suppress public funding entirely from the organization in their fight against abortion. Rocky Mountains’ Planned Parenthood is among the affiliates seen in undercover videos, released by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress. The Columbia Tribune reported that a legislative investigation into fetal tissue disposition in Missouri has also highlighted the relationship between Planned Parenthood and the university.
In October, Stuart Bowen Jr., inspector general of the Texas Health & Human Services Commission, wrote, “The State has determined that you and your Planned Parenthood affiliates are no longer capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner.” While Maine Gov. Paul LePage has not yet commented on the lawsuit, he is strongly pro-life, according to the report.
“Texas must be able to ensure its Medicaid providers protect the health and safety of those seeking services,” Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said. This category of privileges had been granted to the doctor working with the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia and had allowed the clinic to renew abortion services for the first time since 2012.
Faith & Freedom Coalition of Colorado, the group behind the lawsuit, wants to force Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to return the money, said Nick McIntyre, executive director, in an interview with The Daily Signal.
“As is required by federal law, Medicaid enrollees may seek services from a participating provider of their choice,” the lawsuit said. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is now asking for a similar ruling in Texas.