JSL Radio Recap – Court Rules against Planned Parenthood in Texas


Today is a day where life is being celebrated and defended at the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C, and so it’s fitting that a huge blow has just been dealt to the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Today on the show, we told you about a major victory in Texas where a federal appeals court has ruled against Planned Parenthood, allowing the state to defund the taxpayer-supported abortion provider. This is a huge loss for the biggest abortion provider in the U.S.

As has been reported:

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas may stop giving Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America. Its ruling reversed a lower court decision blocking the state from defunding Planned Parenthood of about $3.1 million in tax dollars . . . .

The court focused on how Texas had made a strong cased based on detailed evidence to support its decision to defund Planned Parenthood. As the Washington Examiner detailed:

Judge Edith H. Jones, a Reagan appointee, wrote that the district court that issued the injunction erred in overruling the state’s determination that Planned Parenthood should lose funding, saying that “its procedure was incompatible with the proper standard.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the decision in a statement Thursday evening.

“The 5th Circuit’s ruling shows that the district court applied the wrong legal standard,” Paxton said. “Planned Parenthood’s reprehensible conduct, captured in undercover videos, proves that it is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act, so we are confident we will ultimately prevail.”

This is a huge win in the ongoing fight to defund Planned Parenthood and the taxpayer supported abortion industry. It couldn’t come on a more appropriate day – the March for Life.

We’ve achieved major legal victories to save babies, all the way to the Supreme Court, defeating the abortion-pill mandate, and overturning a pro-abortion law targeting pro-life pregnancy centers.

We’re battling taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, and because of you, we’re winning.

You can listen to the entire episode here.

Used with the permission of the American Center for Law and Justice.

Jordan Sekulow is an attorney and host of Jay Sekulow Live! and Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice’s (ACLJ) weekly television broadcast. Mr. Sekulow has served as a liaison between the ACLJ and its international affiliates. In 2014, he was appointed a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University at Harris Manchester College and served as a member of the Summer Research Institute at Oxford from 2014-2016. Sekulow is a graduate of Regent University School of Law, where he served as co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy.