WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rose (TN-06) released the following statement after joining Americans United for Life’s amicus brief in support of the State of Texas:

“Today, I joined my pro-life colleagues on an amicus brief in support of one of the Sixth District‘s most treasured Tennessee values: the right to life,” said Rose. “I will not succumb to the liberals’ lie that this is a complicated issue. States have the right to determine the qualifications of Medicaid providers within their borders. If a state deems Planned Parenthood unqualified, its decision must be honored.”

Following the discovery of baby body part sales by Planned Parenthood, the State of Texas investigated and deemed Planned Parenthood incapable of responsibly providing medical services. Consequently, Texas disqualified Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. The amicus brief was filed by Americans United for Life and supports the right of the State of Texas to determine eligibility of the state’s Medicaid providers. An amicus brief is a document filed with the court by an interested third party to an appellate case to provide the court with additional information. Congressman Rose signed-on with 63 other pro-life Members of Congress.

“Planned Parenthood continues to demand that their interests supersede the rights of states,” said Rose. “Their unconstitutional fight to require government-funded abortions through Medicaid nationwide must be stopped. I proudly join my colleagues in recognizing not only the rights of states, but the right to life.”