Published On: Fri, Aug 14th, 2015

Obama administration, HHS warns states against Planned Parenthood defunding

HHS officials took the lead in the Obama administration offering threats to states poised to defund Planned Parenthood, that this action would be a violation as a Medicaid provider.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said that representatives of its agency, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, contacted state officials in Louisiana and Alabama warning them that their plans to end Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood may illegally constrict beneficiary access to services.

Planned Parenthood has been in the national spotlight after Center for Medical Progress confirmed that the clinics were violating standard health practices, not gathering proper consent and are engaged in shocking procedures to harvest fetal tissue.

photo Charles Fettinger via Flickr

photo Charles Fettinger via Flickr

Federal law requires state Medicaid programs to cover “family-planning” services and supplies for anyone of child-bearing age, according to HHS, and the agency contends that terminating the agreements with Planned Parenthood would restrict beneficiaries’ access to care and services from “qualified providers of their choice.”

Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a new statement that moves to eliminate its funding were “political grandstanding.”

“It’s good to hear that HHS has clarified what we already know: blocking women’s access to care at Planned Parenthood is against the law,” she said.

President Obama told the largest provider of abortion in the U.S. in 2013 he would fight alongside it to further its agenda.

His administration has said since the video scandal broke that Planned Parenthood’s actions “are entirely consistent with the strictest ethical guidelines that have been established in the healthcare industry,” and indicated it would oppose any effort to defund Planned Parenthood.

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