Texas Has Right To Defund Planned Parenthood, 5th Circ. Hears

Law360, New York (May 22, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT) -- Texas' health commission is not constitutionally bound to allot state funds to Planned Parenthood because the First Amendment allows Texas to exclude groups that are at odds with its priority of promoting childbirth, the American Center for Law & Justice told the Fifth Circuit on Monday.

In an amicus brief filed in the Fifth Circuit, the conservative anti-abortion advocacy group asked the appeals court to vacate its May 4 preliminary injunction that prevents Texas from cutting off state funds to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the First...
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