A federal judge blocked Texas authorities from keeping Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood in a Tuesday ruling.
Officials in Texas accused Planned Parenthood of collecting and selling fetal body parts based on the undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress, and subsequently cut off Medicaid funding to specific Planned Parenthood clinics.
In Judge Sam Sparks’ 42-page decision, he wrote that Texas’ actions were “without any evidence indicating an actual program violation warranting termination.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has already announced that he will appeal the ruling.
“Today’s decision is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency,” Paxton told The New York Times. “No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct.”
Sparks also said that the video doesn’t show evidence of Planned Parenthood violating ethical or medical standards or of them altering their abortion procedures just so they could get more fetal tissue, presumably for selling.
This decision comes as many conservatives are lobbying for Planned Parenthood to be completely defunded.
Planned Parenthood maintains that the federal money they receive, mostly from Medicaid, is for preventive care for money, birth control and pregnancy tests, not abortions.