Our Common Good

On Friday, Abbott filed suit against U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying that the federal government’s action is unconstitutional because it seeks to “commandeer and coerce the states’ lawmaking processes into awarding taxpayer subsidies to elective abortion providers.” In the complaint, Abbott asks that the federal government resume funding for the program.

Cindy Mann, director of the federal Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, said Thursday that Texas left her agency no other choice by forging ahead with a rule designed to force Planned Parenthood clinics out of the program