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Planned Parenthood and Texas back in court

I presume this was the appeal of the injunction that was granted to Planned Parenthood in their lawsuit challenging the state’s attempt to destroy the Women’s Health Program.

Right there with them

A federal appeals court will review a new Texas rule that prohibits Planned Parenthood groups from participating in a taxpayer-funded program providing health care and family planning services to low-income women.

The state is asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to lift an injunction that bars the Texas Health and Human Services Commission from enforcing the rule. A three-judge panel is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday on that request.

As we know, a three-judge panel on the Fifth Circuit originally stayed the injunction, but then put it back after Planned Parenthood had a chance to respond. I can’t find a news account from after the hearing, but this Governing post tells me that this is the actual appeal of the injunction. Oral arguments for the lawsuit will be in October, so the Fifth Circuit ruling will determine whether or not the rule is in effect until there is a verdict in the lawsuit, which will be at the end of the year. The inevitable appeals will then follow. Got all that?

That’s all I know about this case right now, so let me take this opportunity to link to a few other things relating to Planned Parenthood. I had the opportunity to attend their annual luncheon last week and sat at a table with Egberto Willies, who did a nice job writing about the event and capturing some video from it. Also there was Nonsequiteuse, who discussed some of the policy and polling matters that keynote speaker Anna Greenberg spoke about, and who showed a strongly pro-choice, pro-Planned Parenthood TV ad that was used in the successful primary for an open Congressional seat in New Mexico by candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham. Greenberg spoke about how generally speaking Planned Parenthood polls well nationally. That’s somewhat of a mixed bag in Texas, according to this UT/Texas Trib poll that came out this week. What I take from that is that the likes of Rick Perry and Greg Abbott have succeeding in making a partisan issue out of something that shouldn’t be. Of course abortion is a divisive issue that arouses much passion, but the Women’s Health Program isn’t about that and shouldn’t be divisive. Pap smears, well women exams, cancer screenings – these things should not be partisan. Alas, that’s where we have arrived, and that’s where we will be as long as the current regime is in power. You know the drill by now: Nothing will change until the leadership in this state changes. You can’t make that happen if you’re not working towards getting the candidates who support these things elected.

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5 Comments

  1. Jeff N. says:

    Here’s a public link to yesterrday’s oral argument on the Fifth Circuit website: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/OralArgRecordings/12/12-50377_6-7-2012.wma

  2. joshua bullard says:

    i support tax payers assistance for the better health of women-who doesnt?what i dont support is tax payer assistance for abortions-zero monies in that direction.theres a big damn diffrence in a well woman exam and an abortion.

    i support the well woman exam,with tax assistance-i dont support the tax supported abortion at all…

    even though there are countless people that feel abortion on demand should be funded by the rate payers-i dont……

    joshua ben bullard

  3. Joshua, no tax dollars of any kind have been used for abortion services for years. They are banned by state law and by the federal Hyde Amendment. This whole saga has nothing at all to do with that.

  4. BK says:

    It’s funny how folks can get so wound up about tax payer abortions (which don’t happen) and never mention the death penalty at all. I wish we had a religion in this country that had a symbol of an unfair execution . . .

  5. Ross says:

    Of course, Planned Parenthood could get all the state funding back by simply spinning the abortion clinics off to an unaffiliated entity, thus beating the state at its own game.

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