Pro-lifer expects fair ruling from 5th Circuit in Medicaid case

Friday, May 17, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel brown 620x300Texas and state affiliates of Planned Parenthood may have a long wait for a ruling on defunding the abortion conglomerate.

Texas passed a law stripping abortion-providers of Medicaid funds, but a federal district judge blocked that effort in 2017. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood, the biggest provider in the state, filed the original suit and now the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has heard the case.

Dr. Joe Pojman of the Texas Alliance for Life explains: "The argument is that Planned Parenthood violated state and federal law and ethical norms by trafficking in baby body parts that were deliberately harvested from abortions in Houston, Texas."

That was only one facility among many nationwide caught in an undercover video sting by the Center for Medical Progress in which abortion-providers haggled over pricing for aborted babies' body parts. All parties involved are watching the Texas case.

Pojman

"The Fifth Circuit is hearing this with all the judges sitting together, what they call 'en banc,' and we believe that these judges are interpreting the law as it was written by Congress," says the pro-life spokesman. "That means we will have a fair and level playing field – and that can only result, in our view, of Planned Parenthood being removed from the state's Medicaid program."

Another favorable factor is that President Donald Trump has appointed five conservative judges to the Fifth Circuit who believe in a strict interpretation of law. The ruling is expected in several months.

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