Oct 21, 2015

Texas Just Made a HUGE MOVE Against Planned Parenthood

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

 The battle over Planned Parenthood public funding continues to rage in this country.  The U.S. Congress has proven inept so far to do anything about the half billion American taxpayer dollars given to Planned Parenthood every year, but many states are not so incompetent.
The most recent example of states being proactive in their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood comes from Texas. Breitbart reports:
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) issued an order on Monday banning Planned Parenthood from participating in Medicaid programs.
The move by the Office of Inspector General at HHSC comes after the revelation of the gruesome videos filmed at various Planned Parenthood facilities, including the Gulf Coast office in Texas.

In conjunction with the HHSC letter, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his LIFE Initiative program designed to provide even greater protections for children in the womb. The initiative also aims at preventing the sale of baby body parts, according to a statement from the governor’s office obtained by Breitbart Texas. Part of Abbott’s initiative calls for new legislation to be enacted by the next session of the Texas legislature.
Hooray for Texas!  Instead of waiting around for Washington’s lead, Texas is taking control of its own fate to protect the lives of prenatal babies.
 They have also taken a strong stand to stop Planned Parenthood’s dead baby organ trafficking scheme; especially since one of the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover videos involves a Texas Planned Parenthood abortuary – the Gulf Coast facility.
Breitbart explains more about Texas’ pro-life stand:
The letter from the HHSC Inspector General ends Medicaid participation for Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas and is based on alleged Medicaid violations. The letter also calls for the end to funding by state and local taxpayers of other abortion providers as well.
“Texas has stepped forward and shown its unyielding commitment to both protecting life and providing women’s health services,” said Governor Abbott in his written statement. “The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end. As such, ending the Medicaid participation of Planned Parenthood affiliates in the State of Texas is another step in providing greater access to safe healthcare for women while protecting our most vulnerable – the unborn.”

Gov. Greg Abbott’s LIFE initiative is also a strongly-worded effort to protect the lives of innocent children.  Breitbart reveals the details:
Abbott’s LIFE Initiative calls for the following:
Laws must be changed to (1) make it a felony under Texas law to perform a partial-birth abortion; and (2) make it illegal for abortion doctors to risk a woman’s health by altering the procedure to preserve fetal body parts.
Improve and expand the availability of adoption services; and increase awareness about Texas’ already best-in-the-nation child-support enforcement program, so that young mothers considering how to deal with pregnancy know the father will be held accountable to support his family.
Funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers out of taxpayer money must be eliminated completely, both at the State and local levels.
Eliminate and criminalize any sale or transaction of fetal tissue by an abortion clinic for any purpose whatsoever.
Presidential candidate and Texas native, Ted Cruz, has weighed in on this decision by Texas to stop Planned Parenthood’s culture of death as Breitbart shares:
On Monday, Breitbart News’ Dr. Susan Berry reported that Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, called on other states to follow Texas’ lead in defunding Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding.
Today, my home state of Texas proved that states can make a real difference in the fight to block taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. I’m proud of Texas for leading the way in affirming the sanctity of life, and I thank Gov. Abbott for his principled commitment to protecting the lives of unborn children. I encourage every state to follow Texas’ lead in stopping taxpayer funds from going to Planned Parenthood, and I will continue to lead the fight in the United States Senate to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level.
For every one Planned Parenthood in Texas, there are 19 community health care provider. Today’s decision means that women will have access to healthcare that’s no longer burdened with the moral and ethical issues of Planned Parenthood, an organization under criminal investigation.
 Cruz is right, of course, every state government could take the same steps to defund Planned Parenthood in their states.  This would put tremendous pressure on Congress to follow suit.

Since the RINO leadership in Congress refuses to lead the nation in cleaning up this horror, maybe they will feel enough pressure from states to get in line and follow.
Poll after poll clearly shows the American people do not want to fund this baby-killing and dead baby body parts selling machine.


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