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Texas Judge Refuses To Stop Defunding Of Planned Parenthood Ahead Of Trial

A state district court ruled Monday that Texas' Women's Health Program can go forward without Planned Parenthood until a Jan. 11 trial is held in which the organization is challenging the state's rule excluding it from the new health care program for women.

The Texas Tribune: Judge: Texas WHP Can Proceed Without Planned Parenthood
A state district judge on Monday refused to grant a temporary restraining order allowing Planned Parenthood clinics to participate in the Texas Women's Health Program. The Jan. 1 launch of the program can proceed as planned, the judge ruled, until a trial challenging the state's rule excluding Planned Parenthood is held on Jan. 11 (Aaronson, 12/31).

The Hill's Healthwatch: Judge: Texas Can Defund Planned Parenthood
A district judge ruled Monday that Texas can exclude Planned Parenthood from its new health care program for poor women (Viebeck, 12/31).

The Associated Press: Texas Judge OKs Ban On Planned Parenthood Funding
Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control. Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights (Tomlinson, 12/31).

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