AG Paxton Commends 5th Circuit
Decision Regarding Exclusion of
Planned Parenthood from Medicaid
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit after it reversed the district court’s decision preventing Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program.
“The 5th Circuit’s ruling shows that the district court applied the wrong legal standard,” Attorney General 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.”
During oral argument, the attorney general’s legal team recounted raw, unedited footage from eight hours of undercover videos showing violations of medical and ethical standards by Texas Planned Parenthood officials. This footage was also described in the Fifth Circuit’s opinion.
In the videos, Planned Parenthood employees admit that some doctors performed abortions to obtain fetal tissue for their own research and would manipulate the timing and methods of abortions.
The Fifth Circuit included a picture of the fetal tissue Planned Parenthood was harvesting. Federal laws prohibit researchers from performing abortions to secure fetal tissue for their own research under such circumstances, and prohibits modifying abortion procedures to obtain tissue for research purposes.
In December 2016, the inspector general of Texas Health and Human Services removed Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program for the video footage of actions that “violate generally accepted medical standards,” and for making false statements to law enforcement.
Though Planned Parenthood is still under investigation, it receives around $3.1 million a year in Texas Medicaid funding.
AG Paxton Defends State Laws
Protecting the Health and Safety of
AUSTIN, TX – A legal team from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today urged the U.S. District Court in Austin to dismiss a baseless lawsuit brought by radical pro-abortion activists seeking to strike down virtually all abortion-related laws and regulations in Texas.
“It’s outrageous that these activists are so dedicated to their radical pro-abortion agenda that they want the courts to repeal laws enacted by the Texas Legislature to protect the health of women getting abortions, such as requiring the sterilization of medical instruments,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Many of Texas’ common-sense abortion regulations have been in place for decades, are similar to laws passed in a majority of the states, and have been upheld as constitutional by the courts.”
During oral arguments at today’s district court hearing, Attorney General Paxton’s office pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld requirements like those targeted in the lawsuit against Texas, affirming multiple times that the state has an interest in safeguarding women’s health and protecting unborn life.
Texas’ abortion-related laws include many common-sense rules, such as requiring that abortion clinics are licensed, surgical instruments must be sterilized, and more complicated and dangerous late-term surgical abortions must be performed in surgical centers rather than in a doctor’s office. Texas is not alone in protecting the health and safety of women:
40 states limit abortions to being performed only by a physician;
44 states have parental involvement requirements; and
29 states have laws requiring physicians to provide certain information to patients considering an abortion.
“My office’s solid legal arguments demonstrated that the lawsuit is attempting to use the judicial system to repeal laws that the state’s elected representatives passed to make sure women who have abortions do so with all the information they need and under conditions that are as medically safe as possible,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I’m hopeful the district court will agree with us and dismiss this baseless lawsuit.”
Planned Parenthood has become synonymous with “abortion” — and for very good reason.
Promoting and performing abortions is a huge part of what the organization does on a daily basis, and it’s hardly a secret.
Its new president, however, apparently wants to sweep that reputation under the rug.
During a recent appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Dr. Leana Wen tried to repeat a long-debunked statistic to make abortion look like a minor part of Planned Parenthood’s services … but one of the show’s co-hosts quickly shot her down.
The largest abortion provider in America really, really wants people to think that it’s just a positive women’s health group. Despite the fact that liberals constantly paint abortion as a great decision — even encouraging women to proudly “shout” their abortions — Planned Parenthood has also worked to downplay just how many of those life-ending procedures it conducts.
On Thursday, Wen used “The View” to declare that the organization she runs is “transparent” and abortions are only 3 percent of what the group does. She also insisted that Planned Parenthood isn’t political, a bizarre claim at best.
“View” co-host Sunny Hostin wasn’t having it. She slammed Wen on the claim of transparency, and pointed out that the group’s oft-repeated “3 percent” claim is pretty dishonest.
“Planned Parenthood provides more abortions, the most abortions than any other health care provider in the United States,” Hostin said, noting that the organization provided 328,348 abortions during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
She pointed to The Washington Post, which gave a “Three Pinocchios” dishonesty rating to the claim that only a single-digit percentage of Planned Parenthood’s activities were abortions.
That liberal newspaper found that abortion accounts for at least 12 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services, and pointed out that it could be much higher depending on how the data are presented.
Slate, another left-leaning news outlet, distanced itself from the abortion provider’s claims of transparency. It called the 3 percent claim the “most meaningless abortion statistic ever.”
Why are Planned Parenthood and its new president trying so hard to cover up just how involved it is in abortions? It’s probably because the organization is receiving over $500 million dollars in government subsidies and knows that this funding could disappear if people start asking too many questions.
“I hear all the time, I don’t want my taxpayer money going to fund an organization that provides abortions, whether or not the money is direct or indirect,” another of the more conservative “View” co-hosts, Abby Huntsman, said. “Do you understand why people have a hard time with it?”
Wen didn’t really answer, but deflected with another head-scratching claim.
“Health care shouldn’t be political,” she shot back.
Odd. Why, then, do so many liberals want government to control almost every aspect of health care?
It’s an extremely strange stance to rake in hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies and demand state-run medical and insurance programs but then declare that “health care shouldn’t be political” with a straight face.
Planned Parenthood’s new president seems to have mastered the art of deflection and deception. No wonder the increasingly scrutinized abortion promoter chose her.
Bombshell New Evidence Suggests
Planned Parenthood Lied to Congress
NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! is where WE THE PEOPLE first heard that Planned Parenthood was making $1,000,000 to $10,000,000 daily off illegal sales of illegal fetal tissue for highly illegal research, and the illegal sales of viable murdered Baby organs for highly illegal transplants.
When the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress, led by a man named David Daleiden, released a series of shockingly disturbing undercover videos featuring doctors and employees of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in 2015, those videos appeared to expose the abortion providers as being engaged in the unlawful harvesting and sale — for profit — of various internal organs and body parts of aborted babies.
Unsurprisingly, the pro-abortion left pushed back hard, launching an intense smear campaign against Daleiden and CMP to discredit them while the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well as a number of subsidiaries beneath them, filed a lawsuit against Daleiden and CMP to silence their voices and suppress their videos.
That effort to squash Daleiden and hide from the public what CMP had exposed may have backfired on Planned Parenthood, though, as Daleiden and CMP have refused to back down and instead are fighting the lawsuit in court, as evidenced by the recent filing of a motion to compel the release of certain records.
Incredibly, LifeNews has reported that the court motion may make public documents which will show that Planned Parenthood may have fabricated certain records to hide what they were doing, and not only that, but also lied about as much in sworn testimony before a Congressional panel.
In the motion to compel filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the defendants — CMP, Daleiden and others — argued a number of legal precedents against the plaintiffs — Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a number of PP subsidiaries and third-party Advanced Bioscience Resources, among others — which they viewed as supportive of their demand that Planned Parenthood and ABR turn over certain documents and records as part of the discovery process.
Specifically, the defendants called for any documents and records that would show five specific things: a scheme to profit from the sale of fetal tissue, modifications to abortion procedures to facilitate such a profit, violations of the federal ban on partial-birth abortions as part of that scheme, the procurement of tissue from born-alive infants as part of the profit-making scheme and the procurement and sale of fetal tissues without the donor’s consent … all of which are illegal.
CMP has been seeking such documents for some time, but the plaintiffs have resisted such requests and made a number of different arguments to the court as to why they shouldn’t have to do so, hence the filing of the motion to compel.
After citing a number of legal precedents that undermined each argument put forward by Planned Parenthood to avoid turning over the requested documents and records, the motion from the defendants got to the heart of the matter in that they alleged the production of the records they seek would show discrepancies with records that Planned Parenthood had previously turned over to Congress.
That allegation was based on the fact that ABR had already produced certain documents and records — such as invoices — in response to an earlier subpoena from CMP, prior to ABR joining with PPFA in refusing to produce any further documents after what CMP alleged was “troubling” “attorney meddling” had occurred between the various plaintiffs in the case.
The motion alleged that there were substantial differences in invoices provided by ABR and two PP subsidiaries, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest. Specifically, “The PPMM invoices produced match, but ABR and PPPSW produced different versions of the same invoice.” (Emphasis included in court filing.)
“Further, the revenue totals and procurement totals, when added up based on the invoices produced by ABR and Plaintiff PPPSW, do not match the totals that PPPSW reported to the Select Investigative Panel for fiscal year 2015,” the motion continued, noting that one of the totals produced was for $18,960.
“However the ABR fetal tissue invoices for July 2014 to December 2014 alone — half of fiscal year 2015 — show revenues of $21,120 from ABR for 352 fetal tissue donations,” the defendants revealed.
“It is unclear to Defendants why the invoices are not identical, or why the numbers do not add up, but it is perfectly possible that the invoices were subject to tampering and someone falsely reported information to Congress,” the motion argued. “Thus, it is critical that Defendants obtain access to third-party documents to verify that Plaintiffs are not producing fabricated evidence.”
As that motion to compel the release of the requested documents and records was just filed today — and is actually dated to take effect on November 29 — it could be some time before the judge rules one way or the other on this matter.
Daleiden told LifeNews, “This would not be the first time Planned Parenthood has apparently doctored critical evidence about their own wrongdoing.”
“Planned Parenthood has everything to lose if the full scope of their illicit trade in aborted baby body parts is revealed, and when the Congressional investigations made criminal referrals of Planned Parenthood and their business partners for selling baby parts, the House Select Panel had to refer Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress for evidence destruction.”
He added, “As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to follow up on the criminal referrals for Planned Parenthood and ABR, it is imperative for prosecutors to seize the original financial records from Planned Parenthood and their accomplices immediately, so these depraved enterprises cannot continue to cover up their criminal sale of baby body parts.”
AG Paxton Files Court Brief to Safeguard
Women’s Health and Protect the Unborn
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton last night filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking for dismissal of Whole Woman’s Health’s lawsuit challenging almost all abortion laws and regulations in Texas.
“Whole Woman’s Health is attempting to circumvent the democratic process and use the courts to change dozens of laws passed by the people’s representatives in the Texas Legislature,” said Attorney General Paxton.
Whole Woman’s Health is challenging more than 60 individual state laws or regulations in 19 different categories, including the parental consent requirement for minors, 24-hour waiting period, ultrasound requirement, and criminal penalties for non-compliance.
Abortion clinics throughout Texas already comply with the current laws and, in some cases, they have been doing so for decades. For instance, abortion facilities have been required to meet state licensing requirements and report certain data to the state since 1985.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld laws like many of those challenged.
Some of the challenged laws include the state’s requirement that abortion providers sterilize their instruments, provide patients access to their medical records, the opportunity to ask questions and the right to be free from discrimination in their treatment.
“The financial interests of abortion doctors or their profit margins should never take precedence over women’s safety and well-being,” said Attorney General Paxton. “It’s shameful that Whole Woman’s Health no longer wants to comply with these common-sense regulations of abortion practice, many of which have previously been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.”