Texas AG Greg Abbott Is Suing the Feds Over the Women's Health Program

We realize you're probably too busy side-stepping puddles of green puke to give much of a shit about what's going on in Austin. Nonetheless, we feel obliged to note that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit late yesterday against the federal government over its decision to withdraw federal funding from the state's Medicaid Women's Health Program.

The suit, filed in Waco against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, calls the decision to pull funding "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and 'not in accordance with the law.'"

According to the lawsuit, the move "also violates the Constitution of the United States by seeking to commandeer and coerce the States' lawmaking processes into awarding taxpayer subsidies to elective-abortion providers."

The complaint also says that the state of Texas has been harmed by the funding withdrawal "by forcing it to choose between funding the Women's Health Program entirely with state tax dollars or else shutting down the program. Each of these options imposes significant financial burdens on the State and its taxpayers."

Governor Rick Perry, is, as you might expect, all about this lawsuit, releasing a statement that reads:

The Obama Administration's decision to deny health care to more than 100,000 low-income Texas women demonstrates his unwavering allegiance to abortion providers and their affiliates. As I have made clear, I will not stand by and let this Administration abandon these Texas women to advance its political agenda; Texas will fund these services with or without the federal government. This is about life and the rule of law, which Texas respects and the Obama Administration does not. I applaud Attorney General Greg Abbott's swift action to defend our state's laws and our ability to carry out the will of Texans.

The full complaint is of course appended below. Feel free to drink some more before you sit down to peruse the thing.

Abbott vs. Feds

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