Several months ago, there was a feeling that there was finally going to be something done about Planned Parenthood. When the videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the effect seemed disastrous for the murder factory. Much of the country was in shock at the cold manner the video revealed these people had over the mutilation and sale of baby parts. Many who had become numb to the murder industry were waking up, and our politicians promised a shutdown of Planned Parenthood. Now, six months later, nothing but failure. Planned Parenthood’s tax funds seem to be unstoppable. But Utah has done something that no one yet has: They have won in court.
The Guardian reports:
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Utah can cut off federal funds to the state’s Planned Parenthood organization, a move the Republican governor ordered after the release of secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group.
The ruling from US district judge Clark Waddoups reversed an earlier decision temporarily ordering the money to keep flowing to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.
His ruling allows Utah to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood while the organization still pursues its lawsuit against the state.
This as I said is unheard of, as several other states have tried and failed to cut federal money flowing through their treasury to the murder factory. It seemed as though there would be no way to shut down Planned Parenthood. Even attempts at the federal level have failed. So what is the difference?
In other states, officials have blocked Medicaid money. Utah hasn’t touched that money, though the governor and attorney general’s office have not explained why.
Krasnoff said that while the legal dispute in Utah focuses on constitutional issues rather than Medicaid law, Hebert’s action is as politically motived as moves by other GOP governors and will likewise harm women’s health.
The attempts in Utah have gone in a little different direction. Rather than cut off funding that they have no real authority over, the state went after other funds. This changes the reasoning of the state. It also makes it harder for the judge to side with Planned Parenthood on the basis of Medicare laws.
This was the downfall of other states. Planned Parenthood, as I reported earlier, could argue on the basis of discrimination. This would trump the states right to distribute funds as it saw fit. However, this may prove to be the best way to handle the problem. This places the authority of this money back into the state’s hands. And now this money might be shut off for good. But, to what effect?
The Guardian reports:
Herbert stopped about $275,000 in federal funds after the release of the undercover videos by a California anti-abortion group. The activists claim the videos show Planned Parenthood officials in Texas and other states discussing the sale of fetal tissue from abortions.
But ABC reports:
In Utah, the federal funding is a small portion of the local organization’s $8 million budget. It also receives money through federal contracts, fees from clients, insurance and contributions.
We must take heart. Every journey starts with a small step, and we knew that we had a long way to go. We just need God to provide us the strength to keep walking.