AUSTIN (October 26, 2012)--Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Friday against the Texas Women's Health Program, claiming it violates state law.
The suit was filed Friday in state district court, a day after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a judgment against the group.
At question is whether the state may legally ban doctors from the program if they have are affiliated with abortion providers.
State law bans the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions, but most Planned Parenthood clinics only provide preventive care and contraception.
Lawmaker passed a law disqualifies any clinic that has connections to Planned Parenthood.
Federal officials cut off funds to Texas' women's health program because of the rule.
Planned Parenthood now argues that state law only allows the program if it receives federal funds.
Gov. Rick Perry called the suit “a desperate effort to find some way to keep making money off Texas taxpayers.”
“If there was ever any doubt that Planned Parenthood is more concerned about its own interests than those of Texas women, there is no longer,” he said.
“In Texas, we’ve chosen to protect innocent life. We will keep fighting for life, and we will ultimately prevail,” he said.