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October 23, 2015

Texas Investigators Demand Planned Parenthood Clinic Records

Three days after taking steps to cut off government funding for Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates, state health investigators served orders Thursday for years of patient records, staff addresses, and other documents from the women's health organization, The Washington Post and the Austin American-Statesman report. Planned Parenthood officials said the subpoenas dictate 24-hour delivery of files going back to 2010 from clinics across the state and termed the document demand a "fishing expedition."

State officials moved Monday to cancel Medicaid contracts under which Planned Parenthood is reimbursed for providing non-abortion health services to low-income Texas women. The order was triggered by videos secretly shot and released by anti-abortion activists in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss the logistics of donating fetal tissue for medical research.

In a letter to state Planned Parenthood offices, the Texas health department's inspector general said the group was "no longer capable of providing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner." Ken Lambrecht, president of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, said the nonprofit complies with all state laws and regulations, and the national organization has denied improprieties in its tissue program.



 Doctors Without Borders op-ed