A federal judge blocked Texas from keeping Planned Parenthood from getting funds from Medicaid. Texas wanted to limit Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funds after a video surfaced which anti-choice activists said violated federal law. In the video, people said it looked as if Planned Parenthood was performing unsafe abortion services.
Texas is the sixth state to try and enforce punishment on Planned Parenthood for the video — which proved to be fake. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Texas plans to appeal the ruling.
On Saturday morning at an assisted living facility in Katy, Norma McCorvey was confirmed dead at age 69. McCorvey was the “Roe” of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. She died of a heart ailment. Her death was confirmed by a journalist who is currently working on a book about Roe v. Wade.
Since the case, McCorvey has dealt with some controversy. Leading up to the case, she said the pregnancy was a result of rape. Years later, McCorvey recanted the statement saying she became pregnant through what she thought was love. While this would not have changed the case, she remained a center of controversy.
Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916
Some conservative members of Congress are concerned Planned Parenthood will continue to receive federal funds, despite the language to defund it, or take away all federal funds, earlier in the year. As Republican lawmakers discuss repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood was intended to be part of that process. GOP leaders like Jim Jordan have asked for an immediate vote on a 2015 budget reconciliation bill. That bill rolled back chunks of the ACA and stripped federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill was vetoed by Obama.
The bill rolled back large parts of the Affordable Care Act and stripped all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Since this has not yet happened, GOP lawmakers are concerned it will not happen at all.
President Donald Trump
This week a copy of a potential executive order of President Donald Trump revealed he could decrease abortion access further with religious views. The draft of the order “people and companies can refuse service to LGBTQ individuals and deny employees access to contraception and abortion if doing so conflicts with their religious convictions.”
This is similar to the Hobby Lobby ruling in 2014 when the Supreme Court said corporations run by employees with religious beliefs have a right to deny people birth control. Now, if this executive order is put in play, people are concerned they won’t be able to access their birth control, contraceptive services or obtain a legal abortion.
This order goes deeper than the Hobby Lobby ruling, because it applies to any person or company who would like to claim religious exemptions, not just corporations.
I find this interesting because there seems to be a lot of similarities between this potential order and the Hobby Lobby ruling. A lot of people had issues with the Hobby Lobby case and I think there will be just as many with this one.