Planned Parenthood programs aren’t just about birth control. These programs are also geared toward cancer screenings and basic health care programs. Many people are stating that this decision is even discriminating against those people who are low income in this state.
Who will be affected? According to Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations of Texas, an estimated 130,000 women will be affected by this decision. She stated this number in a letter she wrote to Texas health officials. This letter was talked about in an article on Huffingtonpost. She also stated that Texas broke Medicaid federal rules against discrimination.
According to Medicaid law, the government does not have the right to restrict the providers a woman may want to choose for her health services, just because of the types of other services they offer. Yet, this is what they are doing with Planned Parenthood. They are no longer allowing women the access to this provider because they also offer women abortions. This is not legally correct.
What will happen now?
Perry continues to vow to continue providing health care coverage for women, without Planned Parenthood. He also vows to do this without any federal money. Yet, he has not stated how he plans on doing this and many wonders how he plans on accomplishing this feat.