As the U.S. Supreme Court grapples with a case that will affect the future of nationwide abortion access, Missouri Representative Cori Bush urges the Biden administration to enforce the Medicaid law to help patients in Planned Parenthood in Missouri.
Bush’s plea comes as Republican lawmakers in Missouri increasingly seek to further restrict abortion in the state. In a letter of November 30,
Bush urged Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to “ensure that none of the measures taken by the state of Missouri interfere with patients’ rights to health care.”
What is at issue are attempts by lawmakers to gain Medicaid eligibility for the services offered by Planned Parenthood.
In his letter, Bush said: “As a congressman from the First District of Missouri, a black woman who has used Medicaid and who also faced systemic barriers to accessing health care, and a nurse who has working on the front lines of patient care, I urge the administration to speak out against all actions that prevent Medicaid patients from accessing care from Planned Parenthood and any other health center offering abortions.
Lawmakers “are tempting the limits of Medicaid law” by issuing new Medicaid rules for abortion providers, Bush wrote. The new rules require state inspectors to report any rule violations by abortion providers directly to Medicaid auditors, which in turn will allow the state to withdraw Medicaid funding.
Bush called the actions a “desperate attempt” to punish low-income people who depend on Medicaid support, and which will harm women, people of color and those who live in rural Missouri who travel to the United States. Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis Clinic for preventive health care. like cancer screenings and birth control.
This is not the first time that Bush has fought for the right to abortion. Recently, she testified before Congress about her experience as an abortion patient. She also attended a “Stop Abortion Bans” rally with St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones after Texas banned abortion after six weeks pregnant in September.
Jones spoke on Twitter on Wednesday, as well as the renewal of the city’s commitment to protect access to abortion.
On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a Mississippi law restricting abortion. The case directly calls into question the legal precedent of Roe vs. Wade who legalized abortion in 1973. Today’s records of proceedings suggest that the Conservative-majority court will uphold Mississippi law, the Associated press reported.
At one point, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, appointed by former President Donald Trump, questioned why the court should make this decision rather than individual states. If the court does return access to abortion to states, abortion would become illegal or severely restricted in about half of the country, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute.
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