Even after Planned Parenthood stopped performing abortions, Texas is still trying to shut it down

Planned Parenthood has managed to stay open in Texas despite the state’s best efforts to shut it down. But a lawsuit in front of a conservative judge poses an existential threat.

By Eleanor Klibanoff, Texas TribuneAugust 16, 2023 12:27 pm, , ,

From the Texas Tribune:

Early efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

Texas, as is its style, led the way. In 2011, legislators eviscerated the state’s family planning budget from $111 million to $38 million and directed the remaining money to be distributed first to public agencies, like county health departments, and primary care centers. Specialized family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood could access this funding only if there was no one else willing to offer contraception and family planning services in the area.

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Files at an Austin Planned Parenthood show a range of medical services provided.

Removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

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Dr. Amna Dermish, chief operating and medical services officer at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, and Melissa Lynn, a nurse practitioner at the Waco clinic, discuss ultrasounds at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin on Aug. 8, 2023.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk answers questions during his nomination hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, 2017.
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