No State Funding for Planned Parenthood

by Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

For months, it's been a bitter battle between the Lone Star State and Planned Parenthood, and on Monday that battle raged on.

A Texas Judge ruled funding can be cut off to the organization's family planning programs for poor women.

The ruling spells bad news for women under the Medicaid Women's Health Program.

On Tuesday, that will be replaced by the state funded Texas Women's Health Program.

The state has decided to exclude any clinic of doctor that is affiliated with abortion providers.

That's not just a blow to Planned Parenthood, there are other clinics in the Basin that will not receive money from the new program.

Lauren Bean, the Deputy Communications Director with the Texas Attorney General's office, sent the following statement to NewsWest 9: "We are pleased the court rejected Planned Parenthood's latest attempt to skirt state law. The Texas Attorney General's office will continue to defend the Texas Legislature's decision to prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars through the Women's Health Program."

Carla Holeva, CEO for Planned Parenthood of West Texas also sent NewsWest 9 a statement:

"Our doors remain open today and always to Texas women in need."

Planned Parenthood will be in court again on January 11 to hear about their request for a temporary injunction.