Federal Court Rules for Texas' Defunding of Planned Parenthood

By:  Dave Bohon
08/24/2012
       
Federal Court Rules for Texas' Defunding of Planned Parenthood

 A federal appeals court has ruled that the state of Texas can move ahead with a law it passed to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. On August 21 the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an injunction imposed by a federal judge that would have allowed the state funding to continue pending the results of a lawsuit Planned Parenthood had filed to challenge the law. The Associated Press reported that the measure, passed by the Republican-controlled Texas state legislature in early 2012, will block Planned Parenthood clinics and other abortion providers from receiving funds for “family planning” services dispersed through the state's Women's Health Program.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the state of Texas may move ahead with a law it passed to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. On August 21 the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an injunction imposed by a federal judge that would have allowed the state funding to continue pending the results of a lawsuit Planned Parenthood had filed to challenge the law. The Associated Press reported that the measure, passed by the Republican-controlled Texas state legislature in early 2012, will block Planned Parenthood clinics and other abortion providers from receiving funds for “family planning” services dispersed through the state's Women's Health Program.

“We appreciate the court's ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women's Health Program as quickly as possible,” said Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the state Health and Human Services Commission.

The federal ruling is the latest move in the state's effort to circumvent the Obama administration's aggressive campaign to protect the abortion giant's conduit to tax money. “Federal funds paid for 90 percent, or about $35 million, of the $40 million Women's Health Program until the new rule went into effect,” reported the AP. “Federal officials are now phasing out support for the program.”

Pro-life Texas Governor Rick Perry called the ruling “a win for Texas women, our rule of law, and our state's priority to protect life,” and has promised that the state will make up for the loss of federal funding to ensure that the Women's Health Program can continue. “Texas will continue providing important health services for women through this program in spite of the Obama administration's disregard for our state law and unilateral decision to defund this program,” he said.

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Photo: The Texas State Capitol building, Austin

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