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This State Pulls Funding From Planned Parenthood: "Gruesome Harvesting of Baby Body Parts Will NOT Be Allowed!"

Ben Johnson : Oct 20, 2015 : LifeSiteNews

"The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end." –Texas Governor Greg Abbott

(Austin, TX)—The state of Texas will kick Planned Parenthood out of its Medicaid program due to revelations made in a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. (Photo via LifeSiteNews)

"The state has determined that you and your Planned Parenthood affiliates are no longer capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal and ethical manner," a state watchdog announced in a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) today.

The state said the videos showed Planned Parenthood officials admitted to illegally altering their abortion technique to maximize the number of organs that could be harvested for medical research firms, disregarded safety standards to prevent infection, and that PPGC may have committed billing fraud.

"Earlier this year, you committed and condoned numerous acts of misconduct captured on video that reveal repeated program violations and breach the minimum standards of care required of a Medicaid enrollee," wrote Stuart Bowen Jr., the Inspector General in the state Human Services Commission...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hailed the decision for showing the Lone Star State's "unyielding commitment to both protecting life and providing women's health services."

"The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end," said Gov. Abbott, a Republican who defeated Wendy Davis last fall.

"As such, ending the Medicaid participation of Planned Parenthood affiliates in the State of Texas is another step in providing greater access to safe health care for women while protecting our most vulnerable—the unborn."

Under his predecessor, Rick Perry, Texas removed Planned Parenthood from Medicaid-reimbursed family planning programs and, after the Obama administration objected, created its own...

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