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Rick Perry's Battle Against Planned Parenthood Comes At Huge Cost To Texas

Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Lone Star Circle of Care Center in Georgetown,
Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Lone Star Circle of Care Center in Georgetown, Texas. Perry and Health and Human Service Commissioner Kyle Janek announced that the state is ready to begin a state-funded Women's Health Program that will provide preventative health services to low-income women. (AP Photo/Statesman.com, Ralph Barrera) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM

Since 2010, nine states have tried to strip funding from their local Planned Parenthood chapters. Not three years later, almost all of their schemes have been laughed out of court. In the cases of Arizona, Indiana, and Texas, where legislatures and governors had tried to bar the federally approved provider from participating in state Medicaid, judges ruled that states simply can't do that and expect to receive federal dollars. The governor of one of those states, however, decided that if federal rules won't allow him to defund Planned Parenthood, so be it. He would achieve his goal by forfeiting hundreds of millions of federal dollars in Medicaid tagged for women's health care.

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