Texas Wants Medicaid Funds, Right To Keep Planned Parenthood From Getting Any

Gosnell Was Just One Face of Abortion Industry Horrors

"I've supported Planned Parenthood in the past, but until I worked with them closely on this, I didn't understand how many services they - and for some, they alone - provide". So if Planned Parenthood were defunded and patients couldn't access care, it's easy to imagine how widespread the impact would be on people who depend on the organization for care. The version passed by the House eliminated Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, who receives 43 percent of its budget from federal funding.

The women in the video were all based on stories of real women that volunteers with Planned Parenthood told Whedon.

Joss Whedon, the man who brought you not only Buffy the Vampire Slayer but also The Avengers, has been a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood for years.

A decision in Texas's favor could have national ramifications, Gutierrez said, as states working against Planned Parenthood look to Texas as an example of how to restrict its operations. If you are so inclined, you can also donate directly to Planned Parenthood via this link.

Emily Horne, senior legislative associate for the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life, said that the Healthy Texas Women program has better capacity to serve more people than Planned Parenthood does, particularly in rural areas.

Medicaid's "free choice of provider" provision is one of the only things standing between Planned Parenthood and the GOP's repeated efforts to "defund" it by preventing patients on Medicaid from getting care at its clinics. The organization's latest annual report shows 3 percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are for abortions.

Whedon's piece rewinds to the exact moment that sparked these situations: when Planned Parenthood closed. It's not just inhumane - it's inhuman.

The first scenario shows a woman dying of breast cancer, after she was unable to have a regular cancer screening at Planned Parenthood that would have potentially saved her life.

"It seems to me we're just inviting more lawsuits", said Stacey Pogue, a longtime observer of family planning programs and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank.

"For those who believe abortion is the killing of an unborn child, we don't want to subsidize that through our tax dollars", Horne said. As his career matures, Whedon has been using his skills to promote causes he cares about. The student had wanted to take birth control, but because she could not attain it from Planned Parenthood, she become pregnant and forever altered the course of her life. "This includes making sure they have access to basic care like birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment, and that all young people have the information and tools they need to make healthy, informed decisions". "[We need to] give them the support that allows them to go do wonderful things".

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