Texas stripped Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funding Monday, citing undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress as evidence of “serious” Medicaid violations.
Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas are “no longer capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner,” Texas Health and Human Services said in a letter to the non-profit’s affiliates in the state obtained by the Associated Press.
Those affiliates are potentially “liable, directly or by affiliation, for a series of serious Medicaid program violations” highlighted by the videos, the five-page letter read, alleging Planned Parenthood unlawfully alters the timing or method of abortions to harvest desirable tissue from aborted fetuses. (RELATED: How The New York Times Is Covering The Planned Parenthood Videos)
Top Planned Parenthood docs frankly discuss their dealing in aborted fetuses in the videos, and medical techs are seen picking through the remains of an abortion. CMP alleges they are illegally profiting from the exchange of tissue and violating partial-birth abortion laws.
Texas also alleged the affiliates are unsafe, because they’re failing to prevent conditions in which disease can spread and because their staff are not properly trained to control infection while handling the blood and tissue of the aborted fetuses. (RELATED: Planned Parenthood Docs Fail To Report Rape, Don’t Wash Their Hands)
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