Texas Officials Make Surprise Visits to Planned Parenthood in Ongoing Investigation

800px-PlannedparenthoodHoustonAUSTIN — In unannounced visits to nearly a dozen Planned Parenthood offices in the state, Texas officials delivered written demands for documents on Thursday as part of their ongoing investigation into the organization.

Investigators with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) visited facilities in the Houston, Dallas, Brownsville and San Antonio to personally submit the subpoenas.

“Representatives from the Texas Office of Inspector General showed up at Planned Parenthood health centers … looking for an excuse to take health care away from thousands of women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood for preventive care—but what they will see is professional, compassionate and quality health care,” asserted Yvonne Gutierrez, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, in a statement.

According to reports, the subpoenas sought patient records, billing information and documents about employees going back to 2010. The investigation is believed to pertain to Medicaid fraud, but the Texas Tribune also notes that records were requested relating to Medicaid recipients who donated their baby’s body following an abortion.

“The breadth and depth of what was requested this morning was unprecedented,” Sarah Wheat, vice president for community affairs at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, told the American Statesman. “Today’s visits were clearly politically motivated. We’re all pretty surprised by how far the [state] is willing to go to try to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers.”

As previously reported, the Commission sent a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast on Monday, providing the entity with a notice of termination of the organization’s Medicaid contract.

“[T]here is reliable information indicating a pattern of illegal billing practices by Planned Parenthood affiliates, including you, across the state,” the letter read. “Our prima facie case of fraud is supported by related cases involving fraudulent practices identified by whistleblowers from inside the Texas Planned Parenthood network.”

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It pointed to two federal lawsuits that had been settled for millions after whistleblowers came forward about false Medicaid claims that had been filed.

Without specifically mentioning the Center for Medical Progress, the Commission also references undercover video footage showing representatives from a Texas Planned Parenthood facility discussing its willingness to alter abortion procedures to remove deceased children whole.

“The videos indicate that you follow a policy of agreeing to procure fetal tissue even if it means altering the timing or method of an abortion. These practices violate accepted medical standards, as reflected in federal law, and are Medicaid program violations that justify termination,” the letter stated.

It further noted that the organization violated safety protocols surrounding the spread of infectious diseases.

“Texas has stepped forward and shown its unyielding commitment to both protecting life and providing women’s health services,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Roman Catholic, in a statement following the issuance of the letter.

“The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end,” he said. “As such, ending the Medicaid participation of Planned Parenthood affiliates in the State of Texas is another step in providing greater access to safe healthcare for women while protecting our most vulnerable—the unborn.”

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  • Nadine Faber

    Abortions have become a “business” and it is true that if you have a pot of money from the private sector and taxpayers (government approved), that money can be used to fund tons of things not allowed to be funded but they do…like giving huge donations to the dems. If they want to fund dems, then they can use their monies from their private donors…there is no current way to separate the “monies in the PP to decide which is which…along with doctoring up or keeping a second set of books…I think is what the whistleblowers talked about. I would like to see the monies go to health departments across the Nation instead because they are always short on funding for services, staff, programs like WIC vouchers, Birth Control, Baby Wellness Programs…The prenatal services for PP have decreased 80 percent….that is because abortions have increased instead…that should tell you something about where their real priorities and money are being spent.

  • Josey

    I am sick of them claiming it is some political stunt, then prove you have done nothing wrong, let them come in and look at your books.

  • Carrie Lynn

    PP can sugar coat it all they want but the truth is, their number one priority is killing babies. Think of the name of the organization, “Planned Parenthood;” the main focus is about women who are pregnant realizing that they did not plan for a pregnancy and they need to get rid of it.

  • 1luisa

    Just think….if these videos had not come out none of this would be happening. This Frankenstein type stuff would have continued to have been kept from the public. If we as a nation do not stop this than we are proving not to be civilized but barbarians. Our nation is a mess. This is what happens when you shake your fist at God. People wanting sex without children so they kill them, celebration of homosex, high national debt, women walking around dressed the way prostitutes dressed, disrespectful children, men in perpetual adolescence, and on and on. God is not mocked. Push Him aside and you destroy yourself, offspring, and nation. He is forgiving and calls us to repent and turn back to him.

  • Catherine Freed

    Ladies with low income can and do get free or low cost health care every day with out planned parenthood in every state, this idea that they are helping the poor with ob/gyn services is far stretched. Many clinics will see people on a sliding scale or no cost based on their income or make payment arrangements with the patients. Everyone know Planned Parenthood main goal is killing babies and saleing the body parts for profit. PP is not a necessary organization and should be eliminated from our country.