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.”
Supporters rally for justice for 7-year-old
girl killed in Texas shooting
Mention of “white shooter” brings out million man march. Two days earlier a man killed his 3 children, an infant, a toddler, and a 5-year-old, and severely wounded his wife, but no protest nor march. These crimes are hate crimes!
HOUSTON, TX – Community members rallied at a Texas business near where a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot when a gunman opened fire on the car she and her family were riding in last weekend in an attack that some believe was race related.
The Harris County sheriff has not said theSunday shooting of Jazmine Barnes, a black child who was fatally struck after a gunman described as a possibly white man in his 30s or 40s opened fire on the family’s car at around 6:50 a.m., was motivated by race, but he has said investigators are not ruling anything out.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Thursday they were focusing “on identifying who this individual is, who this coward is” and finding the red, four-door pickup truck he is believed to have been driving during the shooting.
Jazmine’s mother, who was wounded in the shooting and treated at a hospital and released, said at Saturday’s rally that she appreciates the outpouring of support from around the nation.
“It is going to be justice for her, and I feel it in the bottom of my heart,” said Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington. “It’s going to be justice for her, because there’s too many people out here looking for this man.”
Washington spoke of the pain of losing a child and said Jazmine’s siblings were next to her when she was shot. She said supporters are giving them strength.
“My babies, man, they come to me and they’re, ‘Momma, are you all OK?’ … helping me, faith in me. And it’s supposed to be the other way around,” Washington said. “It’s not supposed to be like this.”
Washington said they did nothing to provoke the gunman, and she believes it possibly could have been a hate crime.
Police on Thursday released a sketch of the suspect and released surveillance video of what they believe is the red pickup truck he was driving during the shooting.
Attorney Lee Merritt, who is assisting Jazmine’s family, said Saturday that he believes the shooting could be race-related, and he said previously that there seemed to be no other motivation for the crime but race.
“There was no other justification or the motivation that the family could identify, other than a white male who was a complete stranger to them decided to target their family,” Merritt said Thursday at a news conference with the sheriff.
“He had a chance to look into the car, see young girls, observe that family, and without any other explanation he decided to riddle the car with bullets,” Merritt said Thursday.
Supporters on Saturday shouted “What do we want? Justice! Who do we want it for? Jazmine! Say her name! Jazmine!” and “Whose child? Our child!” at the rally.
“However it is defined, it is a hateful and vicious act with violence and guns on innocent women and children driving for a Sunday morning coffee break,” U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents part of Houston, said Saturday. “That should not be acceptable in this country.”
She called the strong turnout at the rally “a powerful expression of really what America is about, and what this great city is about.”
A reward of around $100,000 for information leading to the killer has been raised in an effort spearheaded by activist Shaun King.
Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal and a Houston police officer stepped up to pay for the girl’s funeral. Houston Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said he will pledge his playoff check to help the family and find the suspect.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter Friday that “Investigators have received many potential leads since releasing the suspect sketch” in the killing
Planned Parenthood Exposed for Alleged Horrible Treatment of Pregnant
This goes without saying, but Planned Parenthood is a deeply polarizing organization.
“The evidence suggests,” concludes a 2018 study published in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, “that [Planned Parenthood] has had a long-term inflationary effect on the incidence and prevalence of abortion in the U.S.”
Many conservatives and Christians feel that the “women’s health” organization cares about anything but that, and there’s certainly ample evidence to back that up.
Planned Parenthood aborts more than 300,000 babies a year, and abortion is an increasing part of the organization’s work.
Now we can add “raging hypocrites” to the ugly words associated with the group, according to a new New York Times report.
The Times reports that Planned Parenthood “has been accused of sidelining, ousting or otherwise handicapping pregnant employees, according to interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees.”
An organization that paints itself as a champion for pregnant women across the world is treating its own pregnant employees terribly? That is truly hypocrisy at its worst.
Some of the stories that The Times reported on are truly horrific, made all the worse by Planned Parenthood’s portrayal of itself as a champion of women’s reproductive rights.
Take, for instance, Planned Parenthood medical assistant Ta’Lisa Hairston. One of her job functions is to tell pregnant women various ways in which to stay healthy, such as taking rest breaks, staying hydrated and eating regular meals.
Imagine Hairston’s dismay when she couldn’t even follow her own advice when she got pregnant.
It’s not that she didn’t want to follow her own advice. She couldn’t because of her superiors at Planned Parenthood.
Hairston told her human resources department that her high blood pressure was threatening her pregnancy. She was even able to obtain nurse’s notes recommending she take frequent breaks, for her health and that of her unborn child.
Planned Parenthood officials turned up their noses at Hairston’s predicament. She told The Times that she rarely had time to rest or take lunch breaks.
“I had to hold back tears talking to pregnant women, telling them to take care of their pregnancies when I couldn’t take care of mine,” Hairston said. “It made me jealous.”
Hairston was hardly the only case of Planned Parenthood ignoring a pregnant employee’s needs. Interviews and legal documents procured by The Times revealed other instances of managers ignoring doctor-recommended rest breaks.
Managers are also alleged to have taken pregnancy into consideration when hiring.
More subtly, Planned Parenthood was also accused of fostering an environment where pregnant employees were afraid to speak up out of fear of seeming like they were abandoning their coworkers.
Upper management was also accused of viewing the accommodation of pregnant employees as “expensive and inconvenient.”
Unreal. Planned Parenthood is a lot of things, depending on who you ask. But based on these Times reports, even the most ardent supporters will struggle to defend the organization against hypocrisy.
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.