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How the 40-year battle over abortion blocked Zika funding


How the 40-year battle over abortion blocked Zika funding
McClatchy Washington Bureau

Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican, pushed through Congress a ban on Planned Parenthood and other providers using Medicaid funds to pay for abortions. The prohibition, still in force today, would put financial pressure on Planned Parenthood to find private money for poor women seeking to end pregnancies.At least 16 states, some using language similar to the clauses in the Houseâs Zika conference report, have tried to divert federal funds earmarked under Title X for family-planning services for low-income and uninsured people or to block Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood. The organization is suing those states.Defenders of the restrictions argue that putting limits on the funding simply seeks to more efficiently allocate the money.âSome (states) have wisely chosen to prioritize the funds to more comprehensive health-care providers than Planned Parenthood, thereby avoiding state entanglement with abortion,â Casey Mattox, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based anti-abortion group, wrote last week on dailysignal.

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