Texas Planned Parenthood was defunded on January 1st, because the state refused the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court, when making its decisions about Obamacare, made the Medicaid decision up to each state. The Texas State Health Commission conducted a study to see whether or not the state’s other health care providers could absorb the tens of thousands of women that previously went to Planned Parenthood.
The reason for the defunding is simple enough; the right wing has this strange idea that the publicly funded organization, Planned Parenthood, performs abortions. They do not. A privately funded organization with the same name provides abortions. The businesses are related, but not the same. The Planned Parenthood that was defunded in Texas is used to provide basic health care to women at low cost.
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