Texas Alliance for Life Applauds 5th Circuit’s Decision to Allow Texas to Remove Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

NEW ORLEANS, LA — On Monday, November 23, the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, their last source of public money in the state. The court considered the case en banc and issued an 11-5 decision. All four of President Trump’s nominees voted with the majority.

We applaud the 5th Circuit’s decision. Without question, the State of Texas should be able to exclude law-breaking organizations like Planned Parenthood from its list of providers for vulnerable, low-income women. Texas has ample providers of women’s health services without Planned Parenthood.

In 2015, the state’s inspector general had found Planned Parenthood violated state and federal laws and was not “capable of performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner.” The findings stemmed from investigations into Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of baby body parts at its Houston abortion facility for research and sale. The information was exposed in an uncover video released by the Center for Medical Progress.

Planned Parenthood will not be missed in the Medicaid program. Texas has thousands of medical providers for women’s health services in its Healthy Texas Women program, including in rural areas where Planned Parenthood has no presence.

Read a copy of the opinion here.

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