By Sylvia Gonzalez
MIDLAND - On Thursday, a judge granted an injunction that will keep Planned Parenthood as a healthcare provider for low income women in a state program. Carla Holeva, Vice President of Planned Parenthood of West Texas, says Thursday was only a temporary victory and says there is still more to be done.
"This is a huge victory for Texas women and by securing through this injunction we are able to continue to keep providing the women's health care program at Planned Parenthood clinics," Holeva said.
Healthcare that would have been cut off in two weeks had Governor Rick Perry had his way.
Perry has been pushing for the state to cut off funds for clinics that provide abortions and their affiliates. Holeva says the fight all boils down to providing women with healthcare that can't afford it.
"We all know that when women have access to this type of care, we see lower unintended pregnancy rates lower STD rates in our communities and any time we deny women access, we are going to see those rates increase in our area," Holeva said.
NewsWest 9 spoke with Lucy Nashed, Spokesperson for the Office of Governor Rick Perry, who said although this was a set back for the state, the Governor is not backing down.
"We are going to continue fighting to operate the Women's Health Program under Texas Law and that means without giving state tax dollars to abortion providers or their affiliates," Nashed said.
Holeva says the victory for Planned Parenthood meant a victory for women throughout the Lone Star State.
"For women in the Midland/Odessa, West Texas area, this is just helping them secure a provider and a place they can go to access this Women's Health Care Program," Holeva said.
She mentioned the battle with them and the state has been a constant fight but hopes with the injunction they will be able to continue to help women who need a health care provider.
"This has been unfortunately a constant battle for us to help women have access to other women's healthcare programs and by securing through this injunction, we are able to continue providing the women's healthcare program at Planned Parenthood clinics," Holeva said.
Although the injunction was good news for Planned Parenthood, on Friday they had to close their Abilene clinic due to budget cuts. Holeva says no matter what happens in the court next month, the Midland Planned Parenthood Clinic will remain open.