Judge approves Planned Parenthood funding cuts

Judge approves Planned Parenthood funding cuts

POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 12:48pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 12:49pm

Planned Parenthood is facing funding cuts in Texas. 

A judge denied a Planned Parenthood request for a temporary restraining order Monday. 

It would have extended the organization's ability to participate in the state's Women's Health Program, which provides funding to Planned Parenthood.  Thousands of women will now have to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control. 

State Representative Donna Howard is disappointed with the ruling, she says "I do find it amazing that we are allowed as a government to make these kinds of decisions that deny any Texan access to the kind of care that they should be getting so, definitely disappointed."

A law goes into effect today that requires the state to fully fund women's health clinics with the exception of those that are affiliated with abortion providers. 

"We are pleased the court rejected Planned Parenthood's latest attempt to skirt state law," Attorney General Spokeswoman Lauren Bean said.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a statement welcoming the move.

"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," he said.

Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions at some of its clinics, is asking to be excluded from the law.  A full hearing is scheduled for January 11th. 

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