Austin, TX — Texas cannot ban Planned Parenthood from offering services through the Women's Health Program, according to U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel.
On April 11, Texas Planned Parenthood family planning providers who do not perform abortions filed suit against the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in federal court in order to protect Texan women’s access to basic, preventive health services. The preliminary injunction against the state was made Monday, on the basis that the move may be unconstitutional.
“Tens of thousands of Texan women enrolled in the Women’s Health Program rely on Planned Parenthood for lifesaving cancer screenings, annual exams, and access to birth control," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "For many women, we are the only doctor’s visit they will have this year. This ruling affirms what women have known all along: politics simply doesn’t have a place in women’s health.”