Texas Fight on Planned Parenthood Funding Heats Up

Earlier this year, the state of Texas adopted a rule barring organizations that promote abortions or affiliate with groups that promote abortions from participating in the state’s Medicaid-funded Woman’s Health Program. This rule effectively barred Planned Parenthood clinics from the program. In response, cut off funding for the state’s program, and Texas sued.

At the same time, the state’s Planned Parenthood affiliates also filed suit, alleging the restriction is unconstitutional. Yesterday, a federal district court judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Texas from excluding Planned Parenthood clinics from the state program. Then, late last night, the U.S. Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay, temporarily setting aside the injunction. (The order is here.)

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the original order granting the preliminary injunction.