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5th Circ. Says Texas Can Cut Funds To Planned Parenthood

Law360, New York (May 1, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday allowed Texas to boot Planned Parenthood chapters from a state health care program because they affiliate with abortion providers, blocking a lower court’s ruling from just hours earlier.

Lone Star State officials promptly cut Planned Parenthood’s access to funding in their Women’s Health Program, which provides preventive care to 100,000 low-income patients annually.

“Planned Parenthood is no longer an eligible provider in the program,” said Stephanie Goodman, spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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