Last week, a decision by a federal appeals court ensures that taxpayers will not be forced to fund abortion providers in Texas. In March, Governor Perry announced that Texas would forgo federal funding and take over the Women's Health Program in the state so it could exclude abortion providers and those who advocate for them. Planned Parenthood, the largest beneficiary of the Women's Health Program, sued Texas to continue to receive funding from the state. Texas will continue to fund the Women's Health Program, which provides low-income women with health care options, family planning services and annual exams, but will cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and other organizations linked to abortion providers.
I support the Court's decision, and do not believe taxpayer money should ever subsidize organizations that advocate for elective abortion. This decision is a victory for all of those who value the sanctity of life, and I am proud to be a strong voice for the unborn in Congress.