Texas on Thursday passed regulations barring Planned Parenthood clinics and other “affiliates of abortion providers” from participating in the state’s Medicaid program starting March 14, the Texas Tribune is reporting.
The Obama administration has told Texas that its plans violate federal law. [...]
“Under federal law, states administer Medicaid and have the right to set the criteria for providers in the program. That is what Texas is doing,” Texas Health and Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman told the Tribune. “We have a state law that our Attorney General says is constitutional, and it clearly bans abortion providers from taking part in the Women’s Health Program. We can’t violate a perfectly valid state law just to appease Washington.