The Texas Legislature approved a bill Monday to block funding for Planned Parenthood clinics and to restructure the state's Medicaid program into block grants.
Texas became the latest in a series of states moving to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving public money, citing its role in performing abortions. Abortions constitute about three percent of Planned Parenthood's services, but the language in the bill sought to ensure that funds are not used to perform or promote elective abortions, or to contract with entities that perform or promote elective abortions or affiliate with entities that perform or promote elective abortions.
Similar laws have faced legal challenges in Indiana, where a judge said a law cutting off Medicaid funding for abortion providers was illegal, and in Kansas, where Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the state.
The governor continues to champion the protection of unborn life in Texas, recently signing House Bill 15, which requires a woman to have a sonogram before electing to have an abortion to ensure she is fully informed before making such an impactful decision, Lucy Nashed, a spokesman for Texas governor Rick Perry, told POLITICO.