AUSTIN (AP) – Planned Parenthood has delivered what it says are 16,000-plus petition signatures opposing Texas’ asking the federal government to fund a state-run women’s health program excluding abortion providers.
Activists turned in the petitions Monday at Gov. Greg Abbott’s office at the Texas Capitol.READ MORE: UNT Hands No. 15 UTSA Crushing Defeat, Dashing Perfect Season Dreams
Texas last month sought a waiver to restore millions of federal Medicaid dollars blocked under President Barack Obama in 2011, after the state’s family planning program booted Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.READ MORE: States Debate Whether Or Not To Drop 'Dehumanizing' Terms For Immigrants
The request hasn’t yet been answered but is seen as a test of how abortion policy might change under President Donald Trump. If Texas gets a waiver, other conservative states could seek similar ones.
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