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FILE- In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Two state health researchers in Texas are under fire for a co-authoring a study suggesting what Republican leaders have long disputed - that cuts to Planned Parenthood are hurting access to women?s health care. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Texas blocked Planned Parenthood health services from getting Medicaid funding


Planned Parenthood will no longer receive $3.1 million in Texas Medicaid grants after state health officials followed through on threats to cut the funding, The Texas Tribune reports.

The cutoff will take effect in 30 days. Planned Parenthood said it will rely on a lawsuit filed in November 2015 to block the funding cuts.

The cuts affect Planned Parenthood's health services, which are separate from its abortion services. Those services receive no state funds.

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Texas is a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation. If the nation goes the way of Texas, it will be... a national health care disaster.
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said the funding cutoff could affect the health of thousands of low-income women. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, however, accused the organization of putting a "profit motive" over patient safety in a statement.

Will this pass the courts?

Federal officials have warned Texas that the move could violate federal law, the Tribune reports. Courts in other states have ruled that Planned Parenthood can't legally be removed from Medicaid funds.

In recent weeks, controversial restrictions on abortion have been passed in Texas and Ohio.

Critics were aghast at the decision.

The irony of the timing was not lost on some observers.

What do you think of Texas's decision on Planned Parenthood?

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