TEXAS–(ENEWSPF)–February 21, 2017
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas lawmakers could not deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood over doctored videos made by anti-abortion activists in 2015. KPRC-2 reports:
An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed making decision in January and essentially bought Planned Parenthood an extra month in the state’s Medicaid program.
Texas is now at least the sixth state where federal courts have kept Planned Parenthood eligible for Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion services, although a bigger question remains over whether President Donald Trump will federally defund the organization.
Sparks’ decision preserves what Planned Parenthood says are cancer screenings, birth control access and other health services for nearly 11,000 low-income women. Texas originally intended to boot Planned Parenthood in January but Sparks told the state to wait pending his ruling.
More than a dozen states have now resolved investigations that turned up no criminal wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood.