Back in 2016, after the release of the undercover videos by The Center for Medical Progress, many states were swift to take action against Planned Parenthood. After all, they didn’t want their taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars going to a billion-dollar organization involved in unlawfully negotiating the sale of aborted baby body parts—and that’s putting it nicely.
States such as Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas to name a few, moved to exclude Planned Parenthood from the states’ Medicaid programs due to the abortion mill’s numerous scandals. (Sadly enough, the horrific undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress were just the latest in a long list of Planned Parenthood disgraces.)
But then, courts started issuing injunctions, preventing states from making their own decisions about their Medicaid programs.
Last week, the Eighth Circuit issued a 2-1 opinion that rejects Planned Parenthood’s challenge to the elimination of its Medicaid contract with Arkansas.
Medicaid was never intended to be a program dictated from Washington, DC. Each state has its own Medicaid program and retains authority to tailor its program to its citizens. This opinion will help to restore that responsibility to the citizens of each state.
This is a big deal.
If Congress won’t act, states must be empowered to take matters into their own hands in their own programs. States have the right to defund organizations that have a history of waste, abuse, and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars, as well as violations of other state and federal laws. Taxpayers deserve better.
The Arkansas decision shows that Planned Parenthood can no longer rely on the federal courts to protect its access to our hard-earned taxpayer dollars to the tune of more than $500 million each year.
And even better, Arkansas now has the opportunity to redirect this funding to numerous local federally qualified health centers that provide a much greater range of healthcare services to their patients. In fact, in Arkansas alone, there are 89 health care clinics for every Planned Parenthood facility.
States should not be handcuffed to Planned Parenthood.
For years, Planned Parenthood has worked to convince the American public that they are more concerned with "women's health" than profit, and that killing a baby in the womb is simply "reproductive healthcare." But surging pro-life momentum in the United States shows that we know better.
Women have real choices when it comes to finding health care—they don't need Planned Parenthood. It's time to defund the abortion giant and redirect taxpayer dollars to better options for women.
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