Planned Parenthood

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After more than a year of delays, Texas health officials are moving to block the women's health provider Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds beginning next month.

In October 2015, Texas officials told Planned Parenthood that the state intended to bar the organization from the public insurance program. Planned Parenthood responded with a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the state.

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Groups outraged by the state awarding the Heidi Group a $1.6 million contract to provide women’s healthcare have called for an investigation of the procurement of that state money.  Houston Democratic State Rep. Jessica Farrar says the group that was founded by anti-abortion activist Carol Everett does not possess a medical license in order operate.

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A new medical study released this week shows the State of Texas’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood has led to a spike in pregnancies in lower-income neighborhoods.   

For the past five years, the Texas Legislature has done everything in its power to defund Planned Parenthood. But it's not so easy to target that organization without hurting family planning clinics around the state generally.

Of the 82 clinics that have closed, only a third were Planned Parenthood.

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When the Harris County District Attorney investigated claims that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was illegally selling organs from aborted fetuses, the DA also investigated the videographers. The DA questioned whether the videographers from the Center for Medical Progress gained access to Planned Parenthood offices through a fake company.

The Harris County District Attorney begin investigating Planned Parenthood-Gulf Coast clinics in August at the request of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick following the release of the Center for Medical Progress' secretly shot video.

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