Appeals Court Rules On Planned Parenthood Funding
State May Withhold Federal Money From Clinics That Perform Abortions
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A federal appeals court has ruled that state health officials may withhold federal money from Planned Parenthood clinics that perform abortions, so long as the clinics can create independent affiliates that continue receiving money to provide other services.
The decision last week by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejects a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who said a state law approved by the Legislature in 2003 does not allow for the creation of affiliates.
The restriction to withhold federal money for breast exams and other services from clinics that perform abortions was written by Sens. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Steve Ogden, R-College Station.
Six Planned Parenthood chapters sued, claiming it was unconstitutional and conflicted with federal laws.
Thirty-three Texas Planned Parenthood clinics serving 115,000 women provide abortions and health services. Planned Parenthood pays for abortions with private donations but uses federal money for other reproductive health services.
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"We think it's a huge victory," Shackelford notes. "I mean, it's millions of the taxpayers' dollars, and the idea that Planned Parenthood can force the people of Texas to give them money to kill unborn children is outrageous."
Or, simply take the first story and insert the phrase "abortion mill" every few sentences.