Late yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal to reconsider its earlier ruling that upheld the right of Texas to withhold taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood, the nations’ largest abortion provider.
In August, the federal appeals court ruled that Texas could exclude abortion providers and their affiliates from the Women’s Health Program.
Texas Values released the following statement following the court’s decision:
“Planned Parenthood is radioactive and this decision affirms the widely held view among Texans that Planned Parenthood is not entitled to our taxpayer money,” said Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values. “Texas values life, and we look forward to the immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood and all abortion providers from taxpayer dollars, in accordance with our state law. We thank our state leaders, especially Gov. Perry, Attorney General Abbott, and Texas Legislators, for their leadership on this issue.”
In 2011, state lawmakers passed, with the strong support of the leadership of Texas Values and other pro-life organizations, legislation to ban taxpayer dollars going to abortion providers and their affiliates. The law was signed by Governor Perry in July 2011.
View Gov. Perry’s statement on the court decision here.