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Texas to Stop Awarding Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood in February

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Following a ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the state of Texas will stop giving Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood on February 3.

After the court ruled that Texas could legally choose not to provide Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant asked the court to provide a six-month grace period for the decision. The fifth circuit denied that request, but it did grant a 30-day grace period.

Texas made its original decision to end Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood after the abortion business came under fire for its involvement in the trafficking of aborted baby body parts in 2015. Only now will this decision actually be enforced.

In a statement responding to the Fifth Circuit's decision, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote,

“The Fifth Circuit correctly rejected Planned Parenthood’s efforts to prevent Texas from excluding them from the state’s Medicaid program. 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. Planned Parenthood is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act, and it should not receive public funding through the Medicaid program.”

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