Thu November 8, 2012
Planned Parenthood Seeks Temporary Injunction to Stay in Women's Health Program (Update)
Update: Planned Parenthood received a temporary injunction against the state today. You can read more here.
Original Post: Planned Parenthood is awaiting a judge’s ruling on their request to extend an injunction against the State of Texas banning its clinics from the Women’s Health Program. The program provides basic screenings and other health services for 130,000 low-income Texas women.
Texas is trying to enforce a law that says state money can’t go to clinics affiliated with abortion clinics. That would exclude Planned Parenthood, which has been the program’s largest provider.
Two weeks ago, Planned Parenthood won a temporary restraining order allowing its clinics to stay in the program. Now, Planned Parenthood is trying to extend the time its clinics can stay in the program.
Governor Rick Perry has said he will shut the program down altogether if a judge says it must include Planned Parenthood.
“We know that a similar ‘poison pill provision’ was put forth during the state legislative session last year and lawmakers rejected going down that road. We would hope that Governor Perry would listen to the other elected leaders of Texas and not go down that path," Kelly Hart, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, says.
A ruling is expected shortly.