May 25, 2021

Planned Parenthood Gives up Medicaid Funding Lawsuit Against Texas

photo credit: American Life League / Flickr
On May 13, Planned Parenthood gave up on its lawsuit against the state of Texas over Medicaid funding. 

In December 2016, Texas blocked state Medicaid funds from going to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in the state. Planned Parenthood sued the state in response. A federal judge ruled against Texas's attempt to block funds in 2017, but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling in 2019. The court said that Texas could legally remove Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program.

The Texas Medicaid rule blocking Planned Parenthood from receiving funds was set to take effect on February 4, 2021. The day before, however, the abortion business sued the state once again, claiming that Medicaid patients needed more than 30 days to find a new health care provider. As a result, a federal judge blocked the Texas rule once again. Now, Planned Parenthood has seemingly given up on its legal action.

Texas initially made its decision to remove Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding after the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a series of videos exposing the abortion business for selling body parts harvested from unborn children. David Daleiden, who led the CMP team, tweeted on May 13,

"This morning, @PPGulfCoast DISMISSED their federal lawsuit against their disqualification from Texas Medicaid due to their wrongdoing found on my undercover videos.

Planned Parenthood SURRENDERED today because their sale of baby body parts is indefensible."

It could very well be that Planned Parenthood dropped the lawsuit because it expects the Biden administration to issue new rules granting it access to a significant amount of taxpayer funding.

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