A U.S. appeals court ruled yesterday that Texas can exclude Planned Parenthood from a state health program for low-income women because the organization performs abortions. The ruling reversed a lower court ruling in favor of the family planning organization. The decision means the state is free to enforce a new rule banning Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program.
While the Women’s Health Program does not pay for abortions the state bans program money from going to affiliates of abortion providers. State law has included that ban on affiliates since the program began in 2007.
The Obama administration has said it will not renew funding for the Texas program because the state was violating federal law by restricting the freedom to choose providers. The state is suing over that decision.
Proverbs 7:16-19: These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. (NKJV)