The latest step in the “defund Planned Parenthood” campaign has come to pass. On Tuesday, the state of Texas made it official: they will no longer reimburse the organization carrying out Margaret Sanger’s dream for services charged to the state’s medicare program.
In almost all states, medicare pays for “family planning” aka birth control and well-woman exams. That is what Planned Parenthood is being reimbursed for from the government in the form of medicaid reimbursement, not abortion services which are a far more lucrative line of work. In the months since undercover videos published by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life organization, featuring physicians employed by Planned Parenthood discussing techniques for killing unborn children and then selling the tissue for profit emerged, a movement among those disgusted by the practice is stripping Planned Parenthood of government funds one state at a time.
In Texas, Planned Parenthood was informed that they would not be receiving up to $3 million for reimbursement of 2015 medicaid charges racked up by up to 12,000 women in the state.
“Planned Parenthood continues to serve Medicaid patients and will seek a preliminary injunction in an ongoing lawsuit filed in November 2015, following the state’s original threats to take action against Planned Parenthood’s patients,” Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, told the Tribune.
Unlike many other national 501(c) (3) “non-profits,” Planned Parenthood is not a corporate, top down structure with a governing national office and local chapters, but operates more as a membership organization with affiliates all separately incorporated and paying for the privilege to use the logo. The brainchild of eugenicist Margaret Sanger is not the only low cost provider of basic health services for women, but it is the best known, and it does have the most name recognition. The pushback from women’s groups is couched in terms of conservatives attacking the patients when in reality the fight is more along the lines of keeping a barrier between true health care and killing the next generation.
Additional legal maneuvers are expected from Planned Parenthood in Texas and other states to keep local governments from cutting them off the government teat. Barack Obama, with less than a month to go in his term, has said that the states acting on this matter may be illegal. Laws can always change.