Judge grants Planned Parenthood injunction
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Planned Parenthood will continue to receive state funding, at least until its lawsuit is settled or a possible appeal is granted. District Judge Stephen Yelenosky issued an injunction today, banning the state from excluding Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program.
Under new rules, the state was set to exclude Planned Parenthood from the program, which provides services to low-income women.
Gov. Rick Perry and Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek have cited state law that bans public money from funding clinics affiliated with abortion providers -- even if the clinics don't actually perform abortions. Planned Parenthood sued, claiming the new rule violates state and federal law and discriminates against health care providers.
The state's decision to implement the new rules prompted the federal government to cut off funding to the program. The money was set to stop flowing on Dec. 31. The state, meanwhile, says it is prepared to move forward with its own 100 percent, state-funded Texas Women's Health Program. That program was scheduled to launch on Nov. 1, but was postponed due to the temporary restraining order.
It's still not clear how Gov. Rick Perry will respond to today's injunction. He said he would shut down the program altogether if the state was forced to include clinics affiliated with abortion providers.
The state will almost certainly appeal.