By CBSDFW.com Staff

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas’ longtime effort to end Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood is on hold again after a judge Wednesday, Feb. 3, blocked the state from moving ahead for now.

Planned Parenthood says more than 8,000 low-income residents would lose access to non-abortion health services at its clinics if Texas succeeds.

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The temporary restraining order issued by state District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble was handed down as the state planned to exclude Planned Parenthood from the program starting this week.

A court hearing is now set for later this month.

Opponents of legal abortion have long sought to deny federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.

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A federal appeals court ruled last year that Texas could remove Planned Parenthood from the program.

Planned Parenthood now claims the state has not followed the proper procedure to do so.

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