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Aug. 8, 2003|
Texas Federal Judge Restores $13 Million to Planned Parenthood |
On Monday, August 4, 2003, federal Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. Court for the Western District of Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in Planned Parenthood vs. Eduardo J. Sanchez, Texas Commissioner of Health. The injunction allows Planned Parenthood to receive more taxpayer funding despite the Texas Legislature cutting those funds for abortion providers. "The elected representatives of the people of Texas should decide how taxpayers’ money is spent, not the court system," said Hiram Sasser, staff attorney with the legal division of Free Market Foundation.
Six Planned Parenthood affiliates filed suit in June against the state demanding reinstatement of $13 million they were denied by the Legislature unless they stop performing elective abortions. Texas law does not permit public funding of abortion services. The legal division of Free Market Foundation filed a brief on behalf of the state, and will do so again when Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott files an appeal of the case at the U.S. Court of Appeals. "We strongly disagree with the decision made by the judge. Planned Parenthood has no right to force Texas taxpayers to support efforts to kill the unborn," said Kelly Shackelford, president of Free Market Foundation. (http://www.freemarket.org)
Mrs. Donnelly's comments came in response to the annual and thus-far unsuccessful attempt by pro-abortion liberals in Congress to establish a policy allowing taxpayer funding of abortions in hospitals on U.S. military bases.
A woman Marine, responding to Mrs. Donnelly's remarks had this to say: "I am currently serving in the Marine Corps. I know women who have used an alternative to [surgical] abortion, the ‘morning after pill.' This pill is available to women in the Marines. I have not personally received it, but I know women who have."
The primary mode of action for the "morning after" pill is to prevent the implantation of the developing baby in the uterine wall so that he will die due to lack of nourishment. This is a chemical abortion. Congress should prohibit federal funding not only of surgical abortions, but also of drugs and devices that can cause abortions.
Elaine Donnelly is chairman of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, non-partisan 501 (c)(3) educational organization promoting sound military personnel policies in the armed forces. CMR is a unique alliance of civilian, active duty and retired military people in all 50 states, and is the only organization that concentrates on military personnel issue full-time. (http://www.cmrlink.org)
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