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As part of a yearslong coordinated attack on sexual and reproductive health care, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton are using baseless claims to seek $1.8 billion in damages from Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas.

Here are the facts.    

False Claims and a Big Demand

In federal court, the state of Texas and an anonymous plaintiff have filed a suit that makes a series of false claims against three Planned Parenthood Texas affiliates and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The state seeks to take back money it already paid to Planned Parenthood health centers — $17 million in health coverage reimbursements over four years for Texans who use Medicaid. 

Here’s the deal: Texas officials are well aware — and have been for years — that Planned Parenthood is authorized to serve patients across the state. Before this lawsuit, Texas Medicaid administrators paid Planned Parenthood health center affiliates without complaint. A previous court even ruled that Planned Parenthood affiliates could provide birth control and other basic health care services to Texans insured through Medicaid. 

Despite that record of reimbursement and hundreds of thousands of documents showing that Planned Parenthood affiliates lawfully provided care to the state's patients, Texas now alleges that Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers defrauded the Medicaid system. And here’s the kicker: Texas officials seek $1.8 billion in civil penalties — a sum more than 100 times larger than the Medicaid payments at issue in the lawsuit.

What They Want: To Shut Down Health Care for Texans

Let’s get this straight: Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates did not commit Medicaid fraud, period. Crates of documents and the testimony of dozens of people show there is no evidence that anyone at Planned Parenthood committed Medicaid fraud.

But facts don't matter to anti-abortion rights politicians — who have long records of spreading disinformation about the care provided at Planned Parenthood health centers. What they want is simple: to abuse their power and the power of the federal courts, and strip Texans of their access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Texans Are Already Hurting

Here’s what we also know: for many Texans of reproductive age, Planned Parenthood providers are their only source of health care. Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas provide accessible, affordable, supportive, and high-quality care to more than 100,000 people annually.

If forced to pay this $1.8 billion, Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers would have to shut down — threatening the care of millions of people. That outcome would devastate Texas families who rely on Planned Parenthood for essential health care and deepen the state's health care crisis.

But for the anti-abortion rights politicians who seek that outcome, cruelty is the point. 

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