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Federal judge stops Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ' A federal judge in Austin has stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from participating in the state's Women's Health Program.
Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence the state law is unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing the law until he can hear full arguments.
The law passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature forbids state agencies from providing funds to an organization affiliated with abortion providers. Eight Planned Parenthood clinics that don't provide abortions sued the state. The clinics say the law unconstitutionally restricts their freedom of speech and association.
Texas officials have said that if the state is forced to include Planned Parenthood, they likely will shut down the program that serves basic health care and contraception to 130,000 poor women.