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Tue Aug 21, 2012, 11:37 PM

5th Circuit Court of Appeals: Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funding

AAS 8/21/12
Appeals court: Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funding

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas did not act unconstitutionally when it moved to expel Planned Parenthood from a health and contraceptive care program for low-income women.

The ruling overturned a preliminary injunction, issued in April by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin, that banned Texas from enforcing rules designed to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program. Yeakel found that the regulations violated the organization's rights of free speech and association.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, sided with Texas late Tuesday ruling that the state had the authority to prohibit Women's Health Program money from going to health care providers that promote abortion or affiliate with organizations that perform or promote abortions.

Officials said Texas will act promptly to drop Planned Parenthood from the program.

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The program which provides screenings for cancer, hypertension, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions is primarily designed to provide birth control to women who would be covered by Medicaid if they were to become pregnant.

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The program does not pay for abortions, and participating Planned Parenthood clinics do not perform the procedure. But because the organization is the nation's leading provider of abortions and is a vocal advocate for abortion rights, Gov. Rick Perry and Republicans in the Legislature have worked to cut off its state money.


Effing 5th Circuit Court! Damned a-holes.

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