Planned Parenthood Sues South Carolina for Ending Medicaid Funding to Abortion Facilities

– August 1, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The sexually-centered abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the State of South Carolina for ending Medicaid funding to entities that provide abortions.

“The executive order has forced PPSAT (Planned Parenthood South Atlantic) to stop providing basic preventative health services to the Medicaid patients who rely on us each year for family planning and other preventive health care. Every day that this continues, both PPSAT and our patients are irreparably harmed,” the organization said in a statement.

“We recognized it was critical to seek legal action to ensure that our patients who use Medicaid as their primary form of insurance can continue to seek care at Planned Parenthood, their trusted health care provider,” it remarked.

On July 13, Gov. Henry McMaster issued an order directing the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DDHS) to deem abortion facilities as being “unqualified to provide family planning services” and to cancel their enrollment in the state Medicaid program.

“[T]he payment of taxpayer funds to abortion clinics, for any purpose, results in the subsidy of abortion and the denial of the right to life,” the order reads. “[A]bortion clinics’ primary focus on denying the right to life is contrary to and conflicts with the State’s obligation to preserve and protect that right.”