Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line. Federal courts have so far halted similar attempts in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama while lawsuits play out. Texas plans to kick Planned Parenthood out of the state's Medicaid program by Dec. 8. State officials moved in October to block the dollars after accusing Planned Parenthood of scheduling abortions in a way that would best procure fetal tissue for medical research.
The state levied the accusation after anti-abortion activists released undercover video they say shows Planned Parenthood officials discussing the illegal for-profit sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied both claims. Ten anonymous Planned Parenthood patients, who say they would lose access to their health provider of choice, have also joined the Texas lawsuit. Planned Parenthood says it provides cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, and other physical exams at 17 centers that would be impacted by the loss of Medicaid dollars. A spokeswoman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declined comment, saying the state had not yet been served the lawsuit. (Read more Planned Parenthood stories.)