Judge Refuses to Order Texas to Fund Planned Parenthood

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Governor Rick Perry pleased with judge refusing to order Planned Parenthood funding

Governor Rick Perry pleased with judge refusing to order Planned Parenthood funding. Image courtesy of the State of Texas

Defunding Planned Parenthood: Texas Officials Pleased with Judge’s Decision

Immediately after Judge Harger’s ruling, Gov Rick Perry issued the following statement:

Today’s 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. I applaud all those who stand ready to help these women live healthy lives without sending taxpayer money to abortion providers and their affiliates.”

And Lauren Bean, spokeswoman for Attorney General Greg Abbott, said,

We are pleased that the court rejected Planned Parenthood’s latest attempt to skirt state law. The Texas attorney general’s office will continue to defend the Texas legislature’s decision to prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars through the Women’s Health Program.”

Planned Parenthood on the other hand was not happy.

Planned Parenthood’s Reaction to Refusal of Temporary Restraining Order

Ken S. Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas said:

It’s shocking that once again Texas officials are letting politics jeopardize health care access for women. This case isn’t about Planned Parenthood—it’s about women like Marcy Balquinta . Regardless of what happens in the courts Planned Parenthood will be here for our patients. Our doors will remain open today and always to Texas women in need. We only wish Texas politicians shared this commitment to Texas women, their health and their wellbeing.”

Texas Women’s Health Care: What Now?

Unless and until a court rules otherwise, Texas state funds will not be provided to pay for any women seeking health care at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas – the low-income women covered by Texas Women’s Health Care will only be able to receive state-subsidized health services from state-approved providers, not from PP or any other abortion-affiliated women’s clinic.

Resources:

CNN. Planned Parenthood loses bid to delay Texas funding law(2013). Accessed January 6, 2013.

Lubbock Online. Judge allows ban on funds to Planned Parenthood in Texas. (2012). Accessed January 6, 2013.

Texas Women’s Health. Texas Women’s Health Program. (2013). Accessed January 6, 2013.

Thomson Reuters. Texas health program can exclude Planned Parenthood-judge. (2012). Accessed January 6, 2013.

The Texas Tribune. WHP Can Proceed Without Planned Parenthood. (2012). Accessed January 6, 2013.

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