“There are hundreds of providers throughout the state of Texas willing to serve poor women with authentic healthcare services that are not also peddling abortion,” said Jennifer Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.
In November, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overruled a lower district court’s decision, ending Planned Parenthood’s five-year battle to block the state from eliminating their Medicaid taxpayer funding.
“Undercover video plainly showed Planned Parenthood admitting to morally bankrupt and unlawful conduct, including violations of federal law by manipulating the timing and methods of abortions to obtain fetal tissue for their own research,” wrote Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement. “Planned Parenthood is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act, and it should not receive public funding through the Medicaid program.”
Former Planned Parenthood manager-turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson said in a statement: “Women are just a number for Planned Parenthood, a number that will increase their bottom line no matter what. Medicaid funding needs to go to those who need it, not to so-called health clinics who have perfected the practice of abusing the system to the detriment of the very women they claim to serve.”