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Texas and Louisiana can defund Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court on Monday delivered a major win to the pro-life community in Texas and Louisiana as it ruled that officials in the two states can cut off funding to abortion giant Planned Parenthood.


The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed earlier decisions. It gave the green light for Texas and Louisiana to pull Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Eleven of the court’s sixteen justices signed the majority opinion. Five Planned Parenthood facilities had joined seven individuals in filing the lawsuit.

The Texas case arose when the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a pro-life organisation, released videos showing Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast representatives discussing fetal tissue procurement. The state then told Planned Parenthood it was terminating the Medicaid agreement, and Planned Parenthood sued.

“Medicaid beneficiaries have an absolute right to receive services from a provider whom the State has determined is ‘qualified,’ but beneficiaries have no right under the statute to challenge a State’s determination that a provider is unqualified,” the majority opinion said.


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