A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction against the State of Texas that will prevent them from cutting off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood. US District Judge Sam Sparks today after reviewing the case for more than a month, ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood.
Texas is now the sixth state where judges have upheld Planned Parenthood’s right to Medicaid money and allows the agency to continue to provide cancer screening, birth control and other needed health services to low-income women.
In his ruling, Sparks called the state’s effort to exclude a group of health care providers from a social health care program for families and individuals, as villainous. Sparks further stated the state did not provide “any evidence” of wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood.
“A secretly recorded video, fake names, a grand jury indictment, congressional investigations – these are the building blocks of a best-selling novel rather than a case concerning the interplay of federal and state authority through the Medicaid program,” Sparks stated.
The Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state intends to appeal the court’s ruling.