State-Level Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood Are Failing

The Hill notes that, although anti-abortion activists have repeatedly attempted to target Planned Parenthood through state-level legislation that would cut off the organization’s Medicaid funding, those efforts are proving unsuccessful so far. Six different states — Indiana, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — have passed laws to defund their Planned Parenthood affiliates, but courts have blocked all six of those laws from fully taking effect by maintaining that states cannot arbitrarily deny women access to Medicaid providers. The one exception is Texas, where lawmakers are continuing to move forward with their own Medicaid program without federal funds so that they can continue to keep Planned Parenthood out.