The Associated Press reports:
Texas wants Planned Parenthood to give back millions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements — and pay far more in fines on top of that — in a lawsuit that appears to be the first of its kind brought by a state against the largest abortion provider in the U.S. A hearing was set for Tuesday in front of U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who earlier this year put access to the most common method of abortion in the U.S. in limbo with a ruling that invalidated approval of the abortion pill mifepristone.
At issue is money Planned Parenthood received for health services before Texas removed the organization from the state’s Medicaid program in 2021. Texas had begun trying to oust Planned Parenthood four years earlier and is seeking repayment for services billed during that time. The lawsuit was announced last year by Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is now temporarily suspended from office pending the outcome of his impeachment trial next month over accusations of bribery and abuse of office.
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Kacsmaryk has a long history of anti-abortion activism and keeps a 2006 photo of his stillborn baby on his mantel. Kacsmaryk used to work for an anti-LGBTQ hate group and the abortion pill lawsuit was brought by another anti-LGBTQ hate group. In April, it was revealed that he hid his authorship of anti-abortion article before his confirmation hearing before the US Senate.
Texas wants Planned Parenthood to give back millions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements in a lawsuit that appears to be the first of its kind brought by a state against the largest abortion provider in the U.S. https://t.co/3fE13TJM9F
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) August 15, 2023