Planned Parenthood won a state court ruling blocking Texas from cutting off public funds to its clinics that don’t provide abortion services the day after a federal appeals court refused to hear a related dispute.
Judge Amy Clark Meachum in Austin issued a temporary restraining order hours after the organization sued the state yesterday to void a Texas law that cuts off public funding for affiliates of abortion providers. A copy of the order was provided by Planned Parenthood. It couldn’t immediately be independently confirmed in court records.
Planned Parenthood contends Texas violated state law by enacting a regulation that bars the group’s clinics which don’t provide abortion services from participating in the state’s health program for poor women because they are associated with a larger abortion-rights organization.