Inspectors visit Planned Parenthood locations in Texas based on reports from former clinic workers
October 22, 2015
Tyler, Texas – On Thursday, October 22, inspectors from the Texas Office of the Inspector General descended upon Planned Parenthood clinics in the state. The OIG has received reports and testimonials from former Planned Parenthood clinic workers, speaking to their deplorable conditions and practices.
“It is long past time that inspectors, not just in Texas but across the country, step foot inside Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation,” commented Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who is now a pro-life and pro-woman advocate and the founder of And Then There Were None. “Kermit Gosnell was able to operate his ‘house of horrors’ in Philadelphia, where babies and women were left to die after botched abortions, because regulators and health inspectors turned a blind eye. I am thankful for the leadership of Governor Abbott and his team who have worked to protect women and babies, and support true healthcare options.”
Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the termination of Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood in the state of Texas.
“Several years ago, we successfully defunded Planned Parenthood of $29 of their $31 million dollars in Texas. This week, the final $2 million in Medicaid funding has been canceled,” said Johnson. “Thanks to a significant amount of evidence that our state has against Planned Parenthood, particularly by former Planned Parenthood employees, I believe we will win this battle in court.”
The following points were made by the Office of the Inspector General in Texas as reasons for the Medicaid program’s dismissal:
That Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are no longer capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal and ethical manner.
The termination of all Planned Parenthood affiliates will not affect access to care because there are thousands of alternate providers in Texas including federally qualified health centers, Medicaid-certified rural health clinics, and other health care providers across the state that participate in the Texas Women’s Health Program and Medicaid.
The State of Texas requests cooperation in informing all clients and potential clients of alternatives where they can obtain Medicaid services from providers in good standing with the State.
Three separate Medicaid fraud lawsuits have also been brought forward by former employees of Planned Parenthood in Texas. For example, in 2013, Planned Parenthood paid out $4.3 million in a settlement after having been found by the U.S. Department of Justice to have been overbilling the Texas Medicaid program.
“Women don’t need Planned Parenthood. The idea that women will lose access to healthcare services if Planned Parenthood is defunded is preposterous,” Abby Johnson continued. “In Texas, there are 35 Planned Parenthood facilities, which only offer extremely limited gynecological care, compared to almost 5000 health care clinics in the Texas Women’s Health Program that provide comprehensive care for women, and their children.”
The steps this week taken in Texas to completely defund Planned Parenthood and investigate and inspect their clinics are steps in the right direction. Without the brave women who left Planned Parenthood and have testified against their former employer, state officials would not have the evidence they need to proceed.
And Then There Were None (ATTWN), is the nonprofit ministry founded by Abby Johnson that exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry. Several Planned Parenthood workers that have left affiliates in the state of Texas have been assisted with restarting their lives and careers by ATTWN, and have gone on to testify against their former employer.
Abby Johnson, President of And Then There Were None, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Bethany Goodman at [email protected] or (443) 233-5286