Planned Parenthood is the nation’s number one provider of elective abortion. The federal government gives them over $300 million a year of our tax dollars to murder unborn children. The state of Texas said they do not want to see any government funding for anyone who provides elective abortions, so they passed a law to that affect.
Endorsed by the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Governor Rick Perry, Thomas Suehs, Commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services signed Senate Bill 7 that put a halt to any abortion provider participation in the state’s Women Health Program effective May 1, 2012.
Ever since the new law was passed and signed, Planned Parenthood has not been happy as this will cost them millions of dollars if not overturned. As expected, they filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the new law.
In May of this year, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel determined that the Texas law was unconstitutional, allowing taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood to resume. However, Texas immediately appealed the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals who in turn immediately overturned Yeakel’s decision, once again blocking any funding to Planned Parenthood and once again, Planned Parenthood appealed the decision.
Last Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans declined to reconsider their earlier decision which allowed the state of Texas to block taxpayer funding of elective abortion providers. Governor Rick Perry reacted to the court’s decision by stating that all taxpayer funding to anyone affiliated with abortion providers would be immediate halted. Perry issued the following statement:
“Today’s ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In Texas we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice.”
Planned Parenthood of Texas has not said whether or not they will continue to appeal the case and possibly take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
My hat’s off to Texas and Gov. Perry for standing up for the rights of the unborn. Sadly, so many people talk about the rights of the woman, but they forget about the rights of the unborn children who cannot speak for themselves. Now I pray that other states will follow Texas’ lead and pass laws modeled after theirs that has been upheld by the courts.