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Federal judge stops Texas law on women's health

Federal judge stops Texas law on women's health

A federal judge has stopped Texas from banning an organization that provides basic health care to women from receiving state funds.
Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence a law barring Planned Parenthood from participating in the state's Women's Health Program in 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.