The Washington Post claimed in an articleÂ Friday that Planned Parenthood does not use Medicaid funds for abortions. â€œAs the nationâ€™s largest abortion provider, the 100-year-old nonprofit has sustained attacks at both the state and federal level, although the clinic does not use Medicaid funding to provide abortion services,â€ the article states.
The Hyde Amendment allows Medicaid funding exclusively for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or if the motherâ€™s life is in danger. The Washington Postâ€™s claim that Planned Parenthood does not use Medicaid funds to cover abortions is false.
The Washington Postâ€™s article, covering Planned Parenthood closures in Iowa and the potential removal of governmental funds from abortion providers, mistakenly claimed that Planned Parenthood does not receiveÂ Medicaid funds for abortion services. The claim is in direct contradiction to a federal amendment, several state decisions, and Planned Parenthoodâ€™s website.
The Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976, three years after Roe v. Wade, and went into effect in 1980. The amendment prohibited federal funds from being used for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, and if the motherâ€™s life was in danger.
Due to its attachment to the HHS Appropriations Bill, the Hyde Amendment must be passed each year. The current version of the amendment includes the three exceptions â€“ rape, incest, or risk to the motherâ€™s life â€“ for Medicaid-funded abortions.
Additionally, 17 statesÂ directÂ Medicaid funds to cover abortions they deem â€œmedically necessaryâ€ for those on Medicaid. Three other states allow state funds to cover abortions related to â€œfetal impairment.â€
Planned Parenthood clearly states how the Hyde Amendment affects Medicaid funding for abortions and their opposition to it. They make no claim, as Washington Post does, that Planned Parenthoodâ€™s clinics doÂ â€œnot use Medicaid funding to provide abortion services.â€
While the Hyde Amendment created specific requirements, Medicaid can still be used for abortion services and 17 states use Medicaid funds to cover abortions deemed medically necessary.
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