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Court of Appeals Rules Texas and Louisiana Can Drop Planned Parenthood From Medicaid

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Score one for the good guys.

On Monday, a circuit court ruled that Louisiana and Texas can exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding, a win for Life that will strip the abortion provider of federal funding.

The Fifth Circuit overruled a District court’s injunction that blocked the exclusion of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding.  It is unbelievable to me that any court would allow taxpayer dollars to fund a business that kills unborn babies.

In an 11-5 ruling, the appeals court said that Planned Parenthood does not have the right to challenge the state’s decisions regarding who receives Medicaid benefits.

Medicaid beneficiaries “have no right under the statute to challenge a State’s determination that a provider is unqualified,” the court’s Chief Judge wrote in the majority’s opinion.  So, because Planned Parenthood doesn’t have the right to challenge Louisiana’s or Taxes’ determination to remove the baby killing factory from Medicaid benefits, the states may now go ahead and remove them from Medicaid funding.

Think about this.  The Left doesn’t care that there are millions of Americans who are against the practice of abortion and were being forced, through their taxpayer dollars, to pay for someone’s abortion.  The government should never be in the business of death this way. The government should always strive for life.

Liberals love to say that abortion is a Constitutional right. Well, I’m sorry, but you can read the Constitution, you can hold it up to the light, upside down, and pour lemon juice on it, and you still won’t find it in there.  I once heard Dinesh D’Souza make an incredible point about this, saying, the First Amendment right of Free Speech is a Constitutional right, but the government doesn’t hand out bullhorns.   The Second Amendment is a Constitutional right to protect yourself by owning a firearm, but the government doesn’t hand out guns or ammunition. So, even if we were to stipulate that abortion is a Constitutional right, which it most certainly is not, but if we were, for the sake of argument, to agree that is is, then why do the liberals  expect the government to pay for it?

The legal fight over Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood in in Louisiana and Texas started back in 2015 after the release of controversial undercover videos by Project Veritas showing Planned Parenthood workers talking about the sale of fetal tissue.  It was so horrendous to listen to that Louisiana and Texas  state officials took action to remove the abortion provider out of Medicaid funding, using the videos as clear evidence that the organization showed a willingness to make a profit off of the sale of fetal tissue.  What kind of ghouls are these people?  Then, a lower court in 2017, ruled that the states could not cut the abortion provider from Medicaid funding.

After the Trump administration rightfully created a rule that forbid participants in Title X from providing direct abortion referrals Planned Parenthood pulled out of Title X funding. The organization can’t receive federal funding for abortions but it does get Medicaid funding for other health care services it provides.  The problem there is the money goes into the same organization that does abortions, and it’s wrong.

Planned Parenthood denounced the ruling claiming it was politicizing health care coverage.  Killing babies is not health care.

“The governor wants to control where you can get family planning and sexual health care — once again, political ideology is driving health care policy, resulting in reduced access to care,” Planned Parenthood South Texas president and CEO Jeffrey Hons said.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, celebrated the ruling.

“The Fifth Circuit correctly rejected Planned Parenthood’s efforts to prevent Texas from excluding them from the state’s Medicaid program,” Paxton said.   He added, “Undercover video plainly showed Planned Parenthood admitting to morally bankrupt and unlawful conduct, including violations of federal law by manipulating the timing and methods of abortions to obtain fetal tissue for their own research.”

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