Fifth Circuit Court allows Texas to temporarily halt Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract

By Texas Right to Life

Texas Right to Life applauds the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowing the state of Texas to temporarily terminate the Medicaid contract for Planned Parenthood. The circuit court’s ruling vacates the preliminary injunction by federal District Judge Sam Sparks. The Fifth Circuit opinion identified errors made by the district court in their zeal to prevent the state of Texas from enacting policies that protect Texas women and their preborn children.

The state of Texas terminated the Medicaid contract for Planned Parenthood in December 2016 after several instances of fraudulent overbilling and a review of the undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees conspiring to break the law. In an opinion for the three-judge panel, Judge Edith Jones criticized the district court for failing to give any deference to the findings of the Office of the Investigator General for Texas, and using incorrect standards in order to achieve the desired judicial outcome. The case will be sent back to the district court, but in the meantime the largest abortion provider in Texas will not be benefiting from taxpayer funding through their Medicaid contract. …

Texas Right to Life applauds the decision of the Fifth Circuit to allow the state of Texas to determine the proper use of taxpayer funds and what constitutes qualified medical providers. Texas has led the way in ensuring that state and federal spending is consistent with our compelling state interest to protect preborn Life.

The Texas Legislature should further this principle by passing legislation that will prohibit all taxpayer funding of abortion providers. Texans should never be obligated to participate in subsidizing the destruction of innocent human Life, and Texas Right to Life thanks the court for recognizing and affirming this principle.

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared last night.