Federal Court Rules in Favor of Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, a Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Planned Parenthood could not be denied government funding under Medicaid regardless of whether or not the organization has clinics that offer abortions.
In the ruling, U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Sykes wrote, "The defunding law excludes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid for a reason unrelated to its fitness to provide medical services, violating its patients' statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice."
According to the Huffington Post, "Planned Parenthood of Indiana receives about $3 million a year from the federal government and serves about 22,000 low-income patients."
Last week, the Texas health and human services commissioner announced a plan to end the Texas Women's Health Program if a federal appeals court allows Planned Parenthood to continue participating in the program. Additionally, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction that blocks an Arizona law prohibiting federal funding, through Medicaid, for health providers like Planned Parenthood who also perform abortion services.
Media Resources: Huffington Post 10/23/12; Business Week 10/23/12; Feminist Newswire 10/22/12; Feminist Newswire 10/23/12
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .