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Texas And Wisconsin About To Defund Planned Parenthood

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A judge handed Planned Parenthood a victory against the state of Indiana, restoring the right of Medicaid patients to seek care there, but that's just one battle in the wave of attacks on the health care provider.

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In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker signed a budget Sunday that included cutting funding to Planned Parenthood. Republicans argued that the $1 million cut didn't go far enough; said one state senator, "There's a very ugly side to this organization, and I regret that they're going to take such a tiny cut in this budget."

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He may be comforted that Texas is about to become the biggest state to cut family planning funding to Planned Parenthood. An omnibus health reform bill includes a provision forbidding the state from "contract[ing] with entities that perform or promote elective abortions or affiliat[ing] with entities that perform or promote elective abortions."

Meanwhile, the organization is fighting back on a separate front: the intentional roadblocks set up in Kansas to chase abortion clinics out with "trap" regulations.

Wisconsin To Defund Planned Parenthood [NYDN]
Texas House Advances Anti-Health Omnibus Bill [Think Progress]
Planned Parenthood Sues Over Kan. Blocking Funds [AP]
Earlier: All The Abortion Clinics Are Being Chased Out Of Kansas (And Wherever Else)

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kyosuke
Kat Callahan

Everything is bigger in Texas...except funding for social services. Clearly, my state is awesome.

I keep voting for someone else, and my neighbors keep electing the same people. The downside of representative government.