Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers decided to send state tax
dollars for low-income women's health services to providers that do
not offer abortions. As one attorney tells OneNewsNow, Planned
Parenthood continues to lose.
Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values explains that Planned Parenthood
filed suit and lost time and again. He notes this "tremendous
ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals -- a federal court
decision denying another attempt by Planned Parenthood to keep
their hands in the taxpayers' pocket. The court said that
Texas can cut off tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and other
Saenz believes the Fifth Circuit's ruling aligns with the public
perception in Texas -- that life matters.
"We have known for a long time, and other people have as well,
that Planned Parenthood is radioactive," the attorney notes. "This
decision only confirms the widely held view among Texans and people
across the country that Planned Parenthood is not entitled to our
When Texas decided to allocate the funds to health providers
instead of Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration announced
it would strip the state of federal funds. Texas responded by
funding the health program itself.
In contrast to this ruling, a federal appeals court this week
declared Indiana's similar defunding bill unconstitutional. The
attorney general is being encouraged to appeal to the Supreme