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U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks

A Sparks Plug for Planned Parenthood


It may be your money, but that doesn’t mean you can decide how it’s spent! That was the message from U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks to Texans who overwhelmingly voted to strip Planned Parenthood of its hefty Medicaid haul. In a 42-page opinion that read like it was written by Cecile Richards herself, Sparks took unusual offense to the law, insisting that the effort was all based on “a secretly recorded video, fake names, a grand jury indictment, [and] congressional investigations” that sounded more like a “best-selling novel” than a legitimate case.

“Yet, rather than a villain plotting to take over the world, the subject of this case is the State of Texas’s efforts to expel a group of health care providers from a social health care program for families and individuals with limited resources.” Insisting that yanking funding for the scandal-plagued group would somehow cause “irreparable harm,” Sparks seemed more concerned with his personal agenda than the facts. If the judge had bothered looking beyond his own bias, he would have realized that low-cost, publicly-funded health centers (where these dollars would be redirected) outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to one nationwide, care for 23 million Americans, and even provide more health services than the group he’s so desperate to defend. In fact, those community health centers serve 21.1 million individuals per year, nearly eight times more individuals than are served by Planned Parenthood centers.

Obviously, the only “irreparable harm” Sparks cares about is the kind done to the abortion industry’s bottom line. He should be more concerned about the irreparable harm that judges like him do to the Constitution and the rule of law. The “judge” goes on to claim there is “not a scintilla of evidence” of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood. That’s interesting since Congress referred the group for criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, this is just another judicial activist who refuses to rule on the merits of the law. But no gavel can unravel the truth about Planned Parenthood!


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