Fifth Circuit rules Texas, Louisiana do not have to fund Planned Parenthood

 Washington Free Beacon:

A circuit court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding, a win for the movement to deprive the abortion provider of federal funding.

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a district court's preliminary injunction preventing the exclusion of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding. The court of appeals ruled in an 11-5 majority that Planned Parenthood did not have the right to challenge the state's decisions regarding who receives Medicaid benefits.

Medicaid beneficiaries "have no right under the statute to challenge a State’s determination that a provider is unqualified," the court's chief judge wrote in the majority's opinion. Because Planned Parenthood, or its patients, did not have the right to challenge Texas or Louisiana's decision to remove it from Medicaid benefits, the states are allowed to proceed with removing the organization from Medicaid funding.

Hopefully, an appeal of this decision to the Supreme Court will be heard before Democrats can pack the court. 


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