Texas officially defunds Planned Parenthood

Dec 22, 2016, 00:10
Texas officially defunds Planned Parenthood

According to Texas Tribune, Texas health officials notified Planned Parenthood earlier this week that it will be stripped of $3.1 million in Medicare funding within the next 30 days, a schedule that can only be delayed if the organization appeals the decision within the next 15 days.

The battle over the funding Planned Parenthood received for those health services - which are separate from its abortion services that receive no public funds - began in October 2015 when Gov.

Planned Parenthood now has 30 days to take action or be removed from Texas' Medicaid program, which serves the poor and disabled.

State officials have made good on a promise made more than a year ago to oust Planned Parenthood after they said undercover videos of fetal tissue practices showed that the organization was unsafe and professionally incompetent.

Planned Parenthood responded by vowing to ask a court to stop Texas from defunding clinics in January.

But more than a year went by without a final notice. "These practices violate accepted medical standards. and are Medicaid program violations that justify termination", according to the letter from Inspector General Stuart Bowen, Jr. Instead, it could put these women at risk for health complications and death as they desperately try to end pregnancies by themselves rather than seeking the help of clinics like Planned Parenthood.

Texas' final notice to Planned Parenthood comes at a time when the 100-year-old organization is simultaneously fighting to stop Congress from also cutting off taxpayer dollars.

Paxton first announced his agency's investigation of Planned Parenthood in July 2015, but his office has yet to seek charges.

The newspaper reported that Bowen's letter referenced undercover videos recorded in Houston by anti-abortion activists who claimed they showed a Planned Parenthood executive improperly offering to sell fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes did not immediately return TheBlaze's request for comment. If state health officials are successful, the move could promptly cut off some 13,500 low-income women in Texas from basic healthcare services they now receive from Planned Parenthood, like birth control and cancer screenings.

Bowen wrote that the videos revealed Planned Parenthood's history of "deviating from accepted standards" to procure tissue samples for researchers and a "willingness to charge more than the costs incurred for procuring fetal tissue", along with other violations. At the time, it was thought that Planned Parenthood affiliates would be cut from the Medicaid program as early as December 8, 2015. New legislation was passed that restricted any clinic from performing abortions if they didn't have expensive surgical center-level facilities, something most clinics within the state were lacking. Because Texas conservatives decided even so-called "affiliates" of abortion providers couldn't serve women under the program. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

  • Forget Dreaming - Is A White Christmas Even Possible in the Tennessee Valley?

    Forget Dreaming - Is A White Christmas Even Possible in the Tennessee Valley?

    He said: "The west of Scotland is facing storms and high winds in the run-up to Christmas and the start of the following week". There was no snow on the ground anywhere in Upstate New York past year , when temperatures hit the high 60s on Christmas Eve.

    Twitch Will Add IRL Channel and Mobile Broadcasting

    In addition to IRL , Twitch also announced that it will be activating streaming capabilities from the Twitch mobile app next year. Now in closed beta, the feature is not unlike Facebook's live video and Twitter's live broadcast option.
    2-Year-Old Hit by Train Dies, Babysitter in Stable Condition

    2-Year-Old Hit by Train Dies, Babysitter in Stable Condition

    The babysitter, who was holding the 2-year-old, couldn't get out of the way in time and both were hit by the CSX train. According to witnesses, Henderson had taken the child and his four-year-old sister for a walk near the train tracks.
  • Fatal poisoning kills at least 30 in Irkutsk

    Two years of economic pain in Russian Federation have pushed more people below the poverty line , according to Reuters. Hawthorn bath lotion was available at about 100 outlets in Irkutsk.

    Microsoft Edge will start blocking Flash by default

    Microsoft has clearly showed its intention regarding the Adobe Flash Player once the Windows 10 Creator's Update will be released. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduced a very welcome change to Microsoft Edge, the operating system's default browser.

    Kim Kardashian West's sexy return

    The daily posts include models such as Kendall Jenner , Bella Hadid and Stella Maxwell plus many more. The mother of two strutted her stuff in a blush-colored lace-up bra top and matching underwear.
  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn to lead 'Gotham City Sirens' movie

    Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn to lead 'Gotham City Sirens' movie

    Titled Gotham City Sirens , the spin-off movie is said to be produced by Margot Robbie and will star her in the lead as well. The image calls back to DC Comics' former comic book series of the same name by writer Paul Dini and artist Guillem March.

    Google Gboard keyboard app Arrives For Android

    Last May, Google released the Google Keyboard for iOS users that lets them perform a search without opening the Google iOS app. It is never too late, after seven months Android users can enjoy the fancy keyboard and ditch the old Google keyboard.

    Arsenal hit back to beat Stoke and move top

    There have been very few occasions where we have created so many chances as we did against a very good Arsenal side. The referee played the advantage, allowing the Arsenal youngster to wrap up the points with a right-foot finish.
  • Kanye West Finally Reveals What He Talked About with Donald Trump

    Kanye West Finally Reveals What He Talked About with Donald Trump

    Although most Americans may be okay with Donald Trump holding onto his business empire during his presidency, the U.S. She appears in the photos alongside her visibly jubilant father and West - who recently endorsed Mr Trump.
    Facebook Messenger gets a new camera that's basically Snapchat

    Facebook Messenger gets a new camera that's basically Snapchat

    From here, snapping photos or creating videos should be much smoother, and once you have your shot, editing is also made easier. Facebook will change the design periodically to notify you about seasonal holiday events and new effects that have been added.

    GoT wins 2016 Critics' Choice Awards for Best Drama Series

    Accolades were also given to the top television series and stars in several categories. In addition, Miller was also up for the Best Supporting Actor in Comedy category.