The move, according to critics, is a highly political one that hinders the organization’s ability to provide essential preventative care services for women, including breast cancer screenings and HIV testing for low-income people who qualify for Medicaid.
The decision comes in the wake of a series of heavily-edited videos released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress which purported to show Planned Parenthood employees pedaling fetal tissue for medical research. Investigations in multiple states have found that Planned Parenthood clinics had not illegally handled tissues.
“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.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a pro-life politician who has been referred to as “public enemy number one for women in Texas,” immediately praised the move, calling it “another step in providing greater access to safe healthcare for women while protecting our most vulnerable – the unborn.”