AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has denied Planned Parenthood’s latest attempt to rejoin the state’s health program that excludes providers that support abortion rights.
State District Judge Steve Yelenosky said Friday he made his ruling because Planned Parenthood was likely to lose at trial because there are no longer any federal funds involved in the program.
The Texas Women’s Health Program provides free wellness exams and contraceptives to more than 110,000 eligible low-income women in state.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, pleased with the ruling, released the following statement:
“This is great news for Texas women and further proves that Planned Parenthood’s case attempting to derail the Texas Women’s Health Program lacks merit and is nothing more than a desperate move by an organization more concerned with obtaining taxpayer money than with helping women get care. With this ruling, our state can continue caring for Texas women.”
Planned Parenthood says the ruling hurts the 110,000 low-income women who depend on the organization for health care access and services. While this case continues to work itself through the court system, the group has pledged to work with individual patients to meet their healthcare needs.
“Our top priority is ensuring Texas women have access to high quality, affordable health care,” said Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County CEO, Patricio Gonzales, in a written statement. “Regardless of what happens in the courts, Planned Parenthood will be here for our patients. Planned Parenthood has been in Texas for more than 75 years, and we aren’t going anywhere.”
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