New Texas anti-abortion group vies for family planning funds
By: Alice Miranda Ollstein and Renuka Rayasam, Politico, July 24, 2019
A new faith-based, anti-abortion health group in Texas is suing HHS for the right to receive federal family planning funds — another sign such groups are moving aggressively to win some of the backing that long went to organizations like Planned Parenthood.
The class action lawsuit filed on behalf of religious health care providers that oppose abortion argues that the newly-formed Vita Nuova Inc. and groups like it have the right to Title X grants under new Trump administration rules that are tied up in multiple court battles.
The Heidi Group unsuccessfully sought a Title X grant earlier this year, filing an application in conjunction with the Obria Group, a California-based nonprofit chain of anti-abortion health clinics. Obria got a separate Title X grant in California. The […] watchdog group Campaign for Accountability reported in March that the Heidi Group made several false statements on its federal application with Obria and exaggerated the number of patients it served at the time.
Click here to read CfA’s letter to HHS calling for an investigation of the Heidi Group.