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October 20, 2015

Texas Moves to Strip Planned Parenthood Medicaid Funding

Citing secretly shot videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood traffics in fetal organs, Texas officials moved Monday to cut off state-administered Medicaid funds to the women's-health group, The Dallas Morning News and USA Today report.

The order affects about $3 million in mostly federal money paid to clinics as reimbursement for providing nonabortion health services to low-income women. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General notified state Planned Parenthood affiliates that their Medicaid contracts would be terminated based on one of the videos filmed at a Houston abortion clinic.

State officials said conversations in the clip suggest doctors would be willing to alter abortion methods to preserve fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood asserts that the videos are deceptively edited and denies selling tissue, saying it donates the material for medical research and receives only repayment for its costs. The organization said last week it would no longer accept those reimbursements.

In recent years Texas has enacted regulatory restrictions on abortion providers and eliminated Planned Parenthood from state-funded family-planning and women's-health programs.