Texas has won another round in its court battle to defund
Planned Parenthood, this time in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of
When The Lone Star State decided to only give Medicaid funds for
women's health services to organizations that do not provide
abortions, nine Planned Parenthood facilities filed suit and won an
initial injunction to restore funding. But Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life tells
OneNewsNow the Fifth Circuit has lifted that injunction.
"What that means is that while the state is renewing
and restructuring the Women's Health Program, Planned Parenthood
and abortion providers no longer are eligible for participation in
that program," Graham explains.
However, the battle is not over. The Fifth Circuit will hold
another hearing in October, this time on Planned Parenthood's claim
that its elimination violates the abortion provider's free speech
rights. But the pro-lifer is positive about the outcome.
"The signals from the Fifth Circuit and their decision affirms
that the state can write rules for programs that the state funds,"
she notes. "So, we have high hopes that the whole Fifth Circuit
will carry that ruling forward to the constitutionality of the
When Texas decided not to include Planned Parenthood as part of
the Women's Health Program, the Obama administration threatened to
withdraw all Medicaid funds from the state (see
earlier story). Gov. Rick Perry (R) responded by telling
Washington his state would fund Medicaid on its own.