Planned Parenthood

Texas Health Official leaving his post after Planned Parenthood Study

Texas Health Official leaving his post after Planned Parenthood Study

Three years have passed since Planned Parenthood had been removed from the women's health program, when it was found providing illegal abortions. Rick Allgeyer, director of Texas Health and Human Resource Services Commission, authorized a study along with authors from health Commission and UT Austin's Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

Allgeyer has been forced to take retirement, for criticizing the state decision to cut Planned Parenthood's funds in his study.

A state employee, for over 20 years, Allgeyer, mentioned that cuts in funding were damaging women's health healthcare statewide. The study was published in New England Journal of Medicine in early February. Several other studies have also released similar findings.

Federal judge grants two-week restraining order against Arkansas law restricting use of abortion pill

Federal judge grants two-week restraining order against Arkansas law restricting

On Thursday, a federal judge granted a two-week restraining order against an Arkansas law, which restricts use of the so-called abortion pill. The grant has been given a day before the statute was to become effective.

The law has been challenged by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which has two clinics in Arkansas. On Wednesday, the US District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments prior to permitting the group's request for a temporary stay that prevents the enforcement of the law, on Thursday.

Further arguments will be heard by the judge, but she said in her ruling that Planned Parenthood had a significant chance of prevailing in its argument that the statute is an unconstitutional violation of the right of a woman get an abortion done.

Texas cuts federal funding to Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate

Texas cuts federal funding to Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate

On Wednesday, officials said the Texas health department is going to cut off federal funding to a Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate for an about 30 years old HIV prevention program.

Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said that they have the discretion to expand the contract without elaborating anything and have elected not to do so. Deusen said that the area’s local health departments will provide the services there.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention federally funds the contract but it is managed by the state.

State officials sent a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast on Monday, saying that the $600,000 annual grant that will expire on December 31 is going to cut off indefinitely.

Texas Health Officials Cut Funding To Planned Parenthood

Texas Health Officials Cut Funding To Planned Parenthood

Texas health officials recently released a statement saying that the department has cut federal funding to a Houston affiliate of Planned Parenthood for a nearly three-decade-old HIV prevention program.

Republican leaders have been making several efforts to cut funding for Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion group released videos showing officials of the reproductive health agency negotiating prices for fetal tissues from abortions it performs.

In response to the videos, Planned Parenthood said that the videos were heavily edited. The group denied admitting that it generated any profit from fetal tissue donation.

The inspector general’s office of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a review of how federal officials oversee fetal tissue research.

Planned Parenthood sues Texas for kicking it out of state’s Medicaid program

Planned Parenthood sues Texas for kicking it out of state’s Medicaid program

Texas’ plans of reducing Medicaid funding have gone up following a series of video releases wherein Planned Parenthood staff was seen doing discussion over sales of fetal tissue and price negotiations after procedures for abortion. A judge has ordered that Planned Parenthood clinics could remain open in Louisiana.

Planned Parenthood said in their statement, it was wrong to downplay the significant reproductive health and preventive health services provided by them.

The lawsuit stated that the provider network available to Texas Medicaid patients has declined in recent years to only over 30% of practicing physicians. Federal dollars awarded via Medicaid would also come to an end with the order. Texas is among the 5 states that have tried black funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s presence in Texas has reduced significantly

Planned Parenthood’s presence in Texas has reduced significantly

According to Texas, it has been successfully able rebuild a safety net without Planned Parenthood. But according to independent health experts, the state will take a long time before it can reach a level when Planned Parenthood was a vital part of its family planning efforts.

The government has come up with the new system after four years of cutting funding for Planned Parenthood. The state's retooled family-planning programs are even considered as a model for Republicans in Congress who want to end funding for Planned Parenthood at a national level.

As per the data provided by Texas health officers, the new programs has covered 317,393 women in 2014, which is almost equivalent to 320,044 women covered in 2010 when the funding was not cut from Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood dubs record request politically motivated

Planned Parenthood dubs record request politically motivated

Planned Parenthood is having a really bad time. Now, the fight over Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood has moved to Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott has asked to end the funding for the organization. Texas health department investigators also reached Planned Parenthood health centers in different places to see documents.

Planned Parenthood South Texas has been asked to provide five years of records, which have any case of patient who has undergone abortion and any part of the fetus has been preserved for research use and also, has been billed to Medicaid.

Planned Parenthood terms raid by Texas Office of Inspector General as politically motivated

Planned Parenthood terms raid by Texas Office of Inspector General as politicall

Planned Parenthood clinics in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio witnessed a raid from agents from the Texas Office of the Inspector General who arrived there Thursday morning for getting documents related to allegations of Medical fraud.

The agents stayed there for many hours and gave the administrators 24 hours to provide them with the documents. Planned Parenthood thinks that the raid was 'politically motivated'. Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region Chief Executive Officer Ken Lambrecht said that Texas has asked for information, which as per the organization is not required.

Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown Pledge $1 Million to Planned Parenthood

Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown Pledge $1 Million to Planned Parenthood

Author of a number of children’s book Lemony Snicket said that he and his wife are donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood. Lemony Snicket whose original name is Daniel Handler, made the announcement this week on his Twitter feed.

Snicket on his Twitter feed, @DanielHandler wrote that the donation to the women’s health care provider is o behalf of him and his wife. He said that they’ve been very fortunate and thought this good fortune should be shared with noble causes.

It is known that the house Republicans in Washington have been trying hard to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood and have threatened a government shutdown over the issue.
They cite Planned Parenthood’s practice of supplying tissue from aborted fetuses for scientific research.

Louisiana to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

Louisiana to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

There are reports that Louisiana has decided to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. It has been reported by state health officials that state law has been violated by the organization as it entered a $4.3 million false-claims-act settlement in Texas nearly two years ago.

The step could lead to end of bid of the clinics to keep hold of their Medicaid funding through a court challenge. The clinics challenge that the state cannot end their contracts without proof of unlawful activity.

This week, the Obama administration had warned the state that terminating contract of a qualified Medicaid provider without a solid reason is illegal.

Planned Parenthood in trouble

Planned Parenthood in trouble

After videos came out in which Planned Parenthood officials are seen negotiating for provision of fetal tissue from abortions, Republicans in Congress asked to end funding for the organization. Not only this, Planned Parenthood has started losing its clients, as many formerly uninsured women once dependent on the organization have received coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Now when these women have received coverage under the ACT, they are less reliant on the organization for services like low-cost access to birth control, abortions and other checkups. In many states, the organization is losing its clients.

Planned Parenthood asks federal court to block Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s order

Planned Parenthood asks federal court to block Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Planned Parenthood urged a federal court Tuesday to not allow Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's order to take effect so that parents can continue receiving medical care through the organization using Medicaid. According to officials with the group, Jindal's order is against law and will prevent 5,200 Louisianans from using the service.

Three patients who are co-plaintiffs in the case have also supported the idea of blocking enforcement of the order by Jindal.

However, Jindal administration officials said the order is absolutely legal and Planned Parenthood is flailing. Mike Reed, a spokesman for Jindal, who is running for president, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that there is no sense to have Planned Parenthood in effect any more.

Uncertainty Over legal Cutoff of Medicaid Funds by Republican Governors

Uncertainty Over legal Cutoff of Medicaid Funds by Republican Governors

Republican governors in different states announced a cutoff of Medicaid funds to clinics of Planned Parenthood after the group’s officials were secretly recorded discussing how fetal tissue can be used for medical research. But now this step of republican governors has raised question whether they are permitted to do so under federal law or not.

Medicaid pays funds for health care of the poor, and says that every individual can visit any provider who is qualified to perform the service. In Louisiana, about 5,000 low-income women rely on Planned Parenthood clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, which offer birth control, pregnancy testing and other medical screenings, but no abortions.

Americans support Federal Funds for Free Women’s Health exams: Survey

Americans support Federal Funds for Free Women’s Health exams: Survey

If Republicans continue to criticize Planned Parenthood as a key agenda of 2016 campaigns then it could be a problem for them. It has been said so because a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found that Americans are in support of federal funding provision for free women’s health checkups, screenings and contraceptive services.

The poll has also found that the video released by an anti-abortion group earlier this year showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue has made people negative towards the organization.

But then also, there is a strong support for federal funds to help Planned Parenthood to provide screenings, pregnancy tests and prenatal services to women. Experts said that Republican candidates should now careful choose this topic for discussion.

Videos Released By Anti-Abortion Group increase Criticism against Planned Parenthood

Videos Released By Anti-Abortion Group increase Criticism

Videos of highlighting the practice of buying, selling of fetal tissue for research use has drawn huge attention. The videos released last week by an anti-abortion group showed how fetal tissue acquired from abortion clinics is used.

The videos accuse Planned Parenthood of selling fetal tissue for profit, but Planned Parenthood has denied the allegations. House Republicans said they will investigate unto the matter and will soon come to a conclusion.

This could be another battle in the nation’s long war over abortion. But now the dispute has raised the questions about who are the buyers and sellers, and what fetal tissue is used for and what the law allows.

Planned Parenthood among Most Targeted Groups of US

Planned Parenthood among Most Targeted Groups of US

Planned Parenthood, the groups which helps nearly 2.7 million American women to get contraceptives, breast exams and abortions has become one among the most targeted groups of the United States.

Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research, while talking to actors who made her believe that they were from a biotech company, said, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver. .?.?. So I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact”.

Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood, issued a lengthy apology on Thursday for the remarks made by Deborah Nucatola in the video.

Oral Arguments to Seek Permission to Continue use of Telemedicine for Dispensing Abortion Pills to take place on Wednesday

Oral Arguments to Seek Permission to Continue use of Telemedicine for Dispensing

On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood lawyers will be appearing in the Iowa Supreme Court. In the court, they will ask for permission to continue the use of a controversial telemedicine system for passing abortion pills.

It is said that they will also ask to announce that the Iowa Constitution will protect women’s right to abortion. Now, this is a matter of concern for many. Ryan Koopmans, a Des Moines lawyer, said that if such a ruling is passed then it will indeed given power to Iowa abortion rights proponents and they could have a stronger hand in coming court fights.

For the first time in four decades, the Iowa Supreme Court will directly consider the issue of abortion. The case revolves around a dispute over Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's video conferencing system.




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