The budget stipulation now states that Medicaid funds may not be disbursed to persons or entities that “perform or induce abortions
The Missouri Legislature has approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that bans the allocation of Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers that perform abortions or refer clients for abortions.
The amendment was sponsored by Representative Robert Ross of Yukon. It affects a feature of Medicaid health insurance coverage for low-income Missourians known as the Women’s Health Services Program. Under that program, doctors and clinics receive federal and state reimbursement for “family planning” services provided to Medicaid recipients.
The budget stipulation now states that Medicaid funds may not be disbursed to persons or entities that “perform or induce abortions, or encourage or refer for abortions which are not necessary to save the life of the mother.”
Representative Sonya Anderson of Springfield says that the latest language accomplishes what the Legislature intended last year. “Time and time again we have heard from our constituents that they do not support their tax dollars being used to fund abortions.”
“Last year we thought we had put a stop to this…yet here we are again a year later and Missouri is still sending taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that is the largest abortion provider in Missouri,” Representative Anderson explained.
Legislative supporters of Planned Parenthood argued that the pro-life budget restriction would leave 70,000 female Medicaid participants without access to vital women’s health services. This is a completely bogus argument, regardless of where in the state a Medicaid recipient lives.
There are 24 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Missouri providing health services to women from about 200 different locations. In contrast, there are 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri. Most county health departments provide a range of services to low-income women, including “family planning” services. Similar programs are provided by regional community action organizations. (Read More)
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