Don’t Block Planned Parenthood from Receiving Medicaid Funds

Target: Stuart Bowen, Texas Health and Human Services Inspector General

Goal: Stop trying to block Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood received a letter from Texas officials stating their access to Medicaid funds would end in less than one month. The state’s Office of Health and Human Services previously made similar threats after a video depicting fetal tissues being sold for profit was released by anti-abortion activists, but they had since ignored their own efforts. Planned Parenthood was not found guilty of the accusations made by the footage, and the activists who shot the video were indicted on counts of tampering with a government record and illegally purchasing human organs, though the indictments were later dismissed. Regardless, the letter sent by the Texas Health Department claims the organization is not qualified to provide medical services.

In previous cases where states have tried to defund healthcare providers, federal courts have ruled that they cannot. Law mandates that states cannot discriminate against Planned Parenthood if they receive federally funded grants for women’s health programs. This means what Texas is trying to do is actually illegal. Already, taxpayer money cannot fund abortions, and most clinics in the state do not even offer the service. The organization has stated that 75 percent of its federal funds come from Medicaid, which they need to treat cancer, HIV, and other conditions. Demand that Texas stop trying to take funding away from Planned Parenthood.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Inspector General Bowen,

Your efforts to defund an organization that provides health services to women and the poor is unprecedented. A letter from your office threatening to take away Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding due to video footage released by anti-abortion activists does not align with the court’s ruling that the organization was not involved in any foul play.

Attempts to abolish abortions is a part of a Christian agenda and has no place in government. We, the undersigned, demand that you revoke your threat and quit trying to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no more blockage!

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