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THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF LEGAL JOBS ON EARTH

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Court Blocks Texas Law on Women’s Health – Abortion Debate Rages On On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that a Texas law banning Planned Parenthood from receiving funds from the state’s Women’s Health Program was unconstitutional. The state has appealed immediately.

05/01/12

The court accepted prima facie, the argument of Planned Parenthood that denial of state funds to the

The court imposed a temporary injunction subject to

affected clinics would leave women without access to

completion of arguments before the court. However, the

basic health services and check-ups.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has appealed the decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The

Judge Yeakel wrote in his decision, “The court is

future of the appeal against the temporary injunction

particularly influenced by the potential for immediate

is uncertain as the court is within full rights to pass

loss of access to necessary medical services by several

such an injunction pending decision, and it is difficult to

thousand Texas women … The record before the court

overturn such injunctions because they are ‘temporary’

at this juncture reflects uncertainty as to the continued

and based on prima facie evidence.

viability of the Texas Women’s Health Program.”

The law, passed last year by the Republican dominated

Upon the submission of the state that if Planned

Legislature prevents state agencies from funding

Parenthood is even considered for state funds, then

organizations affiliated with abortion providers.

the state would close down the program that serves

Even before the law was passed, the law in the state

basic health care and contraception to 130,000 women,

required that organizations that received government

the court observed that it was a risk. Judge Yeakel

funds have identities that were distinct and separate

wrote, “The court observes that if the federal funds are

from abortion providers.

phased out, Texas does not provide another source of funds, and the Women’s Health Program terminates,

The eight clinics of Planned Parenthood which sued

the controversy now before the court may be of no

against the law do not provide abortions. However,

consequence.”

the state holds that since in other clinics, Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, it disqualifies

Patricio Gonzales, CEO of Planned Parenthood

all clinics associated with Planned Parenthood from

Association of Hidalgo County told the media, “No

receiving state funds.

woman should ever have to fear of being cut off from her doctor’s care because of shortsighted political games.”

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Court Blocks Texas Law on Women’s Health – Abortion Debate Rages On  

Court grants temporary injunction to Planned Parenthood clinics banned from state funding programs in Texas.

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