Texas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Defunding Planned Parenthood

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief Monday asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to reconsider defunding Planned Parenthood in the state.

Paxton encouraged the 5th Circuit to overturn its previous decision that blocked the state’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, allowing Medicaid funds to go to the organization.

“The injunction was issued in spite of the evidence of raw, unedited footage from undercover videos showing a willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal body parts and manipulate the timing and method of abortions,” a statement the attorney general’s office released Tuesday claimed.

“Clear indications of Planned Parenthood’s adjustment of abortion procedures to procure and sell fetal body parts for research should be enough to reverse a district court’s egregious ruling,” the statement continued.

“Planned Parenthood practices constitute serious breaches of medical and ethical standards,” Paxton said in his brief, adding that they “justify the Inspector General’s decision to terminate Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates’ Medicaid agreements, on the basis that these entities are not ‘qualified’ providers under the Medicaid Act.”

The attorney general insisted that Texas wanted to defund Planned Parenthood because of its “repugnant conduct,” and is now asking the Court to do the same.

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