In a controversial move this late afternoon, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks has extended an injunction in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood against the State of Texas—forcing taxpayers to continue subsidizing the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Efforts to remove Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program began shortly after videos released last summer revealed major evidence that the abortion provider was engaged in the illegal sale of baby body parts and compromising patient safety.
Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders announced in December that Planned Parenthood would be removed from the list of Medicaid providers—sparking a lawsuit from the abortion provider in Judge Sparks’ courtroom.
According to Texas Right to Life, the decision was not surprising given that Sparks has “historically opposed pro-life laws and administrative actions.” Indeed, the judge has defended his position by referring to himself on the record as an “elevator” that simply moves pro-life and other controversial issues “up to people much smarter than [him].”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has already stated that he will continue to defend the law and has announced plans to appeal Sparks’ ruling.
“Today’s decision is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency. The raw, unedited footage from undercover videos exposed a brazen willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal body parts, as well as manipulate the timing and method of an abortion. Even the remains of the most vicious criminals are treated with respect. But the children who never had a chance at life become so-called medical waste or, alternatively, a commodity to be bartered for,” said Paxton in statement.
“No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct. We should never lose sight of the fact that, as long as abortion is legal in the United States, the potential for these types of horrors will continue.”