Missouri defunds Planned Parenthood

by ian

Missouri is cracking down on Planned Parenthood. Gov. Mike Parson signed a new law today blocking Medicaid patients from accessing treatments.

The governor said that “with this bill, (we) ensured that we are not sending taxpayer dollars to abortion providers for any purpose.” Abortion had already been banned in the state, but Planned Parenthood continued to provide other, non-surgical services to low-income patients.

This reportedly included occasions when Planned Parenthood sent women to other states to get abortions. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood is fighting back against the new law saying it will hurt thousands of Medicaid recipients.

Planned Parenthood said in a statement that “Other providers cannot absorb the thousands of patients impacted by this ‘defunding’ attack,” which is why they claim they will remain open as long as possible.