Judge Finds Texas Can End Planned Parenthood Funding Before Final Ruling

Topics: Women’s Health, States, Delivery of Care

Aug 22, 2012

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood before a ruling is made on the legality of the Texas legislature’s law banning funding to the provider of women’s health services over its abortion services.

Los Angeles Times: Texas Can Cut Planned Parenthood Clinic Funding, Judges Rule
Texas can cut off funds for Planned Parenthood clinics before a trial concerning the legality of its ban on funding organizations tied to abortion providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans lifted a federal judge’s temporary injunction that had protected the funding pending an October trial (Hennessy-Fiske, 8/21).

The Associated Press/New York Times: Women’s Clinics In Texas Lose Aid
A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Texas can end financing for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide health services to low-income women before there is a trial over a new law that bars state money from going to organizations tied to abortion providers (8/21).

The Associated Press/Houston Chronicle: Court: Texas Can Cut Off Planned Parenthood Funds
Texas officials are vowing to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood after a federal court sided with the state in a challenge over a new law that bans clinics affiliated with abortion providers from getting money through a health program for low-income women. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans late Tuesday reversed a federal judge’s temporary injunction that was allowing the funding to continue pending an October trial on Planned Parenthood’s challenge to the law. State officials are seeking to halt money to Planned Parenthood clinics that provide family planning and health services as part of the state’s Women’s Health Program because the Republican-led Texas Legislature passed a law banning funds to organizations linked to abortion providers (Weissert, 8/22).

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