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Planned Parenthood puts up dukes to new Texas law

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 11th, 2013
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A new state law in Texas that went into effect this New Year now requires the state to fully fund women's health clinics -- with the exception of those that are affiliated with abortion providers. With this new law, Texas is no longer eligible for federal funding for women's health. Planned Parenthood and other such establishments in the state are no longer be able to receive federal funding. Planned Parenthood isn't going to let this just happen - they're now seeking a temporary injunction to allow it take part.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Texas Governor Rick Perry says a new law will provide health care for low-income women while respecting the state's values. Planned Parenthood has headed to the state court this week.

A Texas judge denied the group's request for a temporary restraining order that would have extended the organization's ability to participate in late December.

Such establishments in Texas previously obtained 90 percent of their money through the Social Security Administration along with other federal funding.

Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions at some of its clinics, and fellow plaintiff Marcela Balquinta of McAllen, Texas, filed the request for a temporary restraining order seeking exclusion from the new law. They argue that the organization provides preventative women's health care not associated with abortions to nearly 50,000 Texas enrollees annually.

"I have denied the request for a temporary restraining order at this time," Judge Gary Harger said in late December. "I did not find that there would be an irreparable harm in waiting nine days for the injunction hearing."

Governor Rick Perry issued a statement in late December at the time welcoming the move.

The "ruling finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed care, while at the same time respecting the values and laws of our state," he said. "I applaud all those who stand ready to help these women live healthy lives without sending taxpayer money to abortion providers and their affiliates."

Planned Parenthood here is not going down without a fight. "It is shocking that once again Texas officials are letting politics jeopardize health care access for women," Ken S. Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas said at the time. "This case isn't about Planned Parenthood -- it's about women like Marcy Balquinta who rely on us for basic, preventive health care."

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