The Obama administration has gone to the defense of Planned Parenthood with its decision to cut funding for a Texas health program for low-income women, a decision which comes as the nation’s largest abortion provider faces mounting allegations of widespread fraud.
In June 2011 the Texas legislature passed a law barring Planned Parenthood clinics and other “affiliates of abortion providers” from participating in Texas’s Women’s Health Program (WHP), a state program that provides women’s health services to approximately 130,000 low-income women
However, since its passage in 2011, the Obama administration has steadfastly maintained that the Texas law violates federal Medicaid regulations requiring that women have a choice in medical care.
The state of Texas has strenuously argued that under federal law, states administer Medicaid and have the right to set the criteria for providers in the program. As a spokeswoman for Texas Health and Human Services said, “That is what Texas is doing.”
In fact, Texas is just one of 11 states to have eliminated or decreased funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2011.