For some time I've raised up the work of the federal courts as they work to stem the excesses of radically misogynist state legislatures when those bodies unconstitutionally restrict women's health services, particularly those for poor women. Most recently a federal judge in Arizona, Neil Wake, denied that state's bid to ban Planned Parenthood from contracting with Medicaid. Judge Wake's order to the state says, in part that
"A state may not restrict a beneficiary's right to select any qualified provider for reasons wholly unrelated to the provider's ability to deliver Medicaid services.
That is, state legislatures may not prevent women from using a medical resource simply because a legislature may object to that health resource's being a provider of a legal service (in this case, abortion) to which it objects. The sole reason the state could void its Medicare contracts with Planned Parenthood would be if Planned Parenthood could not deliver to clients what it says it could. That is, a state may break provider contracts for patterns of neglected and/or poor service but it may not do that in the service of ideological ends and certainly not when those ideological ends would, if served, subvert settled federal law (in this case, Roe v. Wade).
Last May, the Arizona legislature voted to block (federal) Medicaid family planning money from going to any agency that provided abortion services. That stopped thousands of poorer Arizona women from using Planned Parenthood for any health-related reason. (Similar state laws elsewhere, most recently in Indiana, have been stopped by the federal courts.) Now, poor women and girls in Arizona may once again choose to use Planned Parenthood's array of health services.
As these radical legislatures remain relentless, please know that the best we have for thoroughgoing justice for women and girls is, just now, the federal bench. Keep an eye open for these cases. Share what you learn widely.