The Obama administration is fighting against Texas’ effort to defund Planned Parenthood.
The Texas Legislature voted earlier this year to direct family planning funds to organizations that do not perform abortions. Now, Dr. Joe Pojman of the Texas Alliance for Life tells OneNewsNow the federal government has responded.
“The Obama administration is trying to prevent Texas from denying millions … of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, and they’re doing that by threatening to cut off a federal program that provides health services to low-income women if Texas does not include Planned Parenthood as one of the providers,” he explains.
But the Lone Star pro-lifer says this is a states’ rights issue.
“Texas should have the right to exclude abortion providers and affiliates of abortion providers who are not there to help women,” he contends. “They’re there to market their abortion services to low-income women.”
Dr. Pojman points out that hundreds of other facilities in Texas provide comprehensive preventative care and are capable of doing the job without selling abortions. So he concludes that by threatening to cut off the Medicaid funds, the administration “is showing it would sooner deny tens of millions of dollars of medical services to low-income women rather than allow the state to cut off tax funding to Planned Parenthood.”