POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 9:22pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 9:50pm
AUSTIN, TX — A federal appeals court has refused to grant another hearing to Planned Parenthood, clearing the way for Texas to assume full responsibility for health care of low-income women next week without clinics that previously provided almost half of those services and without federal funding.
In a statement issued Thursday, Gov. Rick Perry said Texas will immediately "defund" the health organization's affiliates.
"Today's ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women's Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In Texas we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice."
Planned Parenthood leaders said that the court's ruling doesn't change their dedication to women's health.