Judge says Texas can't ban Planned Parenthood
HOUSTON — A federal judge Monday stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood clinics from a state women's health program because the organization provides abortions. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin cited evidence that the state rule excluding Planned Parenthood from the program was unconstitutional and imposed an injunction against enforcing the rule until he can hear arguments in the case.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office appealed the injunction, which temporarily stopped 49 Planned Parenthood clinics from being removed from the state program. Planned Parenthood officials in Texas praised the judge's ruling, which they said helps protect the women they serve.