Texas Officials Raid Several Planned Parenthood Offices, Demand Addresses of Employees
The unbelievable harassment of the largest healthcare provider for American women has been taken to a new low in Texas:
Texas sent agents to Planned Parenthood facilities on Thursday seeking documents, the group said, calling it a "politically motivated" move that comes on the heels of the state's Republican leaders barring it from receiving Medicaid money.
Members of the Texas Office of the Inspector General made unannounced visits at Planned Parenthood health centers in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, staying in some cases for several hours and giving Planned Parenthood 24 hours to deliver thousands of pages of documents stored at its facilities across the state, the organization said.
Some of the information they were seeking is both bizarre and possibly dangerous for Planned Parenthood employees. From Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region Chief Executive Officer Ken Lambrecht:
Lambrecht said Texas had requested what Planned Parenthood sees as unnecessary information such as the home addresses of all its employees as well as their salaries and bonuses.
Earlier in the week, Texas cut off funds for Planned Parenthood, despite no evidence of wrongdoing:
"It is completely outrageous that Texas officials are using these thoroughly discredited, fraudulent videos to cut women off from preventive health care, including cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.
"We will fight back against this outrageous, malicious, political attack in Texas with everything we've got, and we will protect women's access to the health care they need and deserve."
Hats off, Texas! You've taken this whole war on women to a whole new level.