Planned Parenthood is a nationwide organization that provides men and women with reproductive healthcare and sex education. This organization provides wonderful services at each and every healthcare location, especially for the teen and young adult population. Many of their clients are Medicaid patients, which is a cause for concern in the state of Alabama.
Medicaid to stop paying Planned Parenthood
Alabama’s governor, Robert J. Bentley, has decided to stop payments to Planned Parenthood from those patients on Medicaid. The reason the governor made the decision to end payment was because of hidden video footage shown by anti-abortion activists. This footage implied that the Planned Parenthood locations in Alabama were selling fetal organs and tissue to researchers, upon the completion of abortion procedures in their clinics.
Planned Parenthood fighting back
Planned Parenthood will not give up without a fight, and has taken Alabama to court over the issue with Medicaid. Planned Parenthood Southeast is one of two locations in the state of Alabama. Melissa Cohen, the attorney for Planned Parenthood Southeast, made claims in court that Governor Bentley had no legal reason or evidence for ending Medicaid contracts. The attorney also fought to say that the videos were an ill, misrepresentations of Alabama’s two Planned Parenthood clinics.
Similar hearings for Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood locations in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Utah are no stranger to the court system. Governors in each of these states have also begun the process for stopping Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood clinics in their respective states. In the wake of the video footage by anti-abortion activists in the state of California, many Republicans believe cutting off Medicaid is their best option. The supposed selling of fetal organs and tissue is not an accepted standard of practice, and Planned Parenthood should have to pay.
What Medicaid is used for
Very rarely does Medicaid cover the cost of an abortion procedure, which is another reason Planned Parenthood is fighting back. Medicaid patients have the right to choose their healthcare provider, and many choose Planned Parenthood because of their numerous amount of resources. Most patients with Medicaid insurance are given the opportunity to receive information on contraceptives and are prescribed birth control pills. Other women choose to get a screening for popular gynecological cancers. For this reason, not only are upper level Planned Parenthood employees fighting back, but patients are actually joining the lawsuit against the state.
What the future holds for Planned Parenthood?
Even conservatives in the Federal Government are looking to defund all Medicaid reimbursements throughout every Planned Parenthood location. Many are completely outraged over the videos posted by anti-abortion activists and they feel now is the time to do something about it. Can the Planned Parenthood organization stay afloat without funding from Medicaid patients? The organization hopes they will never have to shut their doors, because they provide their clients with amazing opportunities for healthcare and education.
With an increase in places all over the United States looking to remove Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, which state do you think is next? Are the states with Republican views and government officials more likely to take funding from Planned Parenthood, or will we see this with the Democratic states as well?