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Texas Cuts Off Abortion Funding.

Written by Gary North on November 1, 2012

The state of Texas has decided to save some money: de-fund Planned Parenthood. The legislature and government had decided to do this, but there was a lawsuit. The Court of Appeals has denied Planned Parenthood’s request for a hearing.

A similar law in Indiana has also been upheld.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has denied Planned Parenthood’s request for a rehearing en banc, thereby upholding the court’s ruling that Texas has the right not to subsidize the life-ending work of abortion-providing organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

This decision comes on the heels of the Seventh Circuit’s ruling striking down an Indiana provision denying funds to abortion providers under the federal Medicaid Act. The Seventh Circuit concluded that the Indiana law, which makes abortion providers ineligible to receive various forms of state funding, conflicts with the federal Medicaid Act’s “free choice of provider” provision (42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(23)), which requires states to allow patients to choose their own medical provider in their Medicaid plans. Although we don’t agree with the court’s ruling, the good news is that the court reiterated that the government is not constitutionally required to pay for abortion services.

The Texas provision prohibits entities that provide or promote elective abortions, or that are affiliates of entities that do so, from participating in a Texas Women’s Health program, which expands access to various services for uninsured women who are not currently covered by Medicaid. Since the program was originally jointly funded by Texas and the federal government under a waiver issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government refused to renew the waiver, claiming that the regulations violate the Medicaid Act’s freedom of choice provision, as in the Indiana case above. In response, Texas decided to continue the program as a fully state-funded program after the current plan expires, thus taking them out of the purview of the Medicaid provision. By denying Planned Parenthood’s request for a rehearing, the Fifth Circuit has correctly ruled that Texas has every right to stop indirectly funding abortion services just as it may decline to do so directly.


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9 thoughts on “Texas Cuts Off Abortion Funding.

  1. Superb. A Court finally recognizes the Medical meaning (Tabers Dictionary) of the word ELECTIVE which over 99% of all abortions are. LESS than 1% are the health of the mother, deformed fetus, etc.

    You NEED an abortion for MEDICAL NECESSITY then fine.

    You ELECT to have an abortion that is not a medical necessity….you pay….NOT the taxpayers. Bluntly your pregnancy is not my problem and I am not paying for it.

  2. Good!! I refuse to be an accomplice to murder AND be forced to do so. Just because two horny, unmarried people without common sense (as it pertains to birth control and how NOT to get pregnant) want to fornicate, society shouldn't have to participate in murdering their innocent children.

    Besides, if one looks at Margaret Sanger (planned parenthood's founder), it was set up to facilitate genocide on the black race as Sanger was a horrible racist and bigot who advocated the killing of black babies. How any black Reston could then support this organization boggles the mind.

  3. "reston"???? Should have been "person". Darn iPad.

  4. Paul Brown says:

    I wish we had a man in the White House with the same views and moral standards as our beloved Governor Rick. Perry.

  5. that's apple for u

  6. drill sargent says:

    what we have in the W H has no morals or standards

  7. Edward Cox says:

    What we have in the W.H. is representative of the people who voted for him. And that is scary.

  8. Bluntly, YOU are paying for 'it' – the 'it' being the child. Funding for women who can't afford to pay for an abortion – how much does an abortion cost? She doesn't have enough money for an abortion – do you think she has enough money to pay for the birth of the child? enough money to pay to feed and clothe the child? WHO do you think is paying for that? And the child's quality of life? Living in subsidized housing 'the projects' on welfare and food stamps…what chance does that child have?

  9. What if that child takes the hard knocks given to him/her, and grows up to become a Doctor, President, a Soldier standing next to your grand child on the field of battle and saves there life, or any number of possibilities. People used to try and improve themselves in this country of opportunity, especially when the only way was up. Now all they do is complain that it’s everybody else’s fault they are in the position there in, and drain the system. You want to help them you pay for it, invite them into your house and feed them. And watch as they leech till you have nothing and then berate you for not doing more, giving more. Good luck.