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Texas attorney general files brief appealing judge’s ruling on Planned Parenthood, Medicaid

In the filed brief, Paxton scrutinizes Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides health care, for a video that surfaced in 2015 which his office said shows violations of medical and ethical standards by Planned Parenthood officials.

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office filed a brief June 4 for an appeal of a district court ruling that said Texas clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood can continue to care for patients under the state's Medicaid program.

In the filed brief, Paxton scrutinizes Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides health care, for a video that surfaced in 2015 which his office said shows violations of medical and ethical standards by Planned Parenthood officials.

The attorney general's legal team focused on the video in their oral arguments, which Paxton's office said captures Planned Parenthood employees admitting that some doctors performed abortions to obtain fetal tissue for their own research. It was widely reported a couple years later that the video taken by two anti-abortion activists was surreptitiously recorded and edited. Subsequent investigations failed to find evidence of the practice discussed in the videos, according to the New York Times.

The two activists now face felony charges.