As we prepare for the incoming Donald Trump presidency, many organizations are considering themselves on notice. At any time, any one could begin taking actions in order to get rid of them. One such organization, one that is no stranger to the ire and scorn of conservatives, is Planned Parenthood.
Source: Planned Parenthood
Well, it looks like Planned Parenthood won't even have to wait for the incoming administration before it suits up for battle. Down in the state of Texas, state health officials have delivered legal notice that they will be taking away the funding that Planned Parenthood receives from Medicare.
The total loss to the statewide organization will be roughly $3.1 million in state funding. Oh, and don't forget: not a single penny of this money goes to support abortions, no matter what anyone tells you. 1976's Hyde Amendment stopped any public funds from going towards anything having to do with abortions. No, this is millions of dollars that went to providing general women's health services to those who could not afford it otherwise.
This money is set to disappear within 30 days.
Of course, that would be if Planned Parenthood wasn't prepared to fight. Which, of course, they are.
Source: All That Is Interesting
Here's the thing: Planned Parenthood is absolutely no stranger to fighting day in and day out for the ability to give these needed services to their female patients and those in need. They know they've got a long four to eight years ahead of them, and they're ready to go to war.
Yvonne Gutierrez of Planned Parenthood Texas' voting arm said:
Planned Parenthood continues to serve Medicaid patients and will seek a preliminary injunction in an ongoing lawsuit filed in November 2015, following the state’s original threats to take action against Planned Parenthood’s patients.
This whole money grab began earlier this year when a heavily edited undercover video of Planned Parenthood employees discussing using fetal tissue for research made the rounds.
Texas Health and Human Services Inspector General Stuart Bowen said in his final notice:
Your misconduct is directly related to whether you are qualified to provide medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal and ethical manner. Your actions violate generally accepted medical standards, as reflected in state and federal law, and are Medicaid program violations that justify termination.
Fortunately for the thousands of women in Texas that this could effect, Planned Parenthood preemptively prepared a lawsuit to block this notice way back last year. They will now go to court in Austin, Texas, in the coming weeks.