By Jill Stanek
Will President Obama choose Planned Parenthood over poor women in the Lone Star State? An old fashioned Western showdown looms.
From The Texas Tribune, February 23:
If there was any hope that the state was seeking a compromise with the federal government over Texas’ Women’s Health Program, it’s fading fast.
At the direction of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Texas Health and Human Services commissioner signed a rule on Thursday that formally bans Planned Parenthood clinics and other “affiliates of abortion providers” from participating in the program – something the Obama administration has said is a deal-breaker for the nearly $40 million-per-year state-federal Medicaid program.
The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14.