Judge Rejects Planned Parenthood’s Effort To Rejoin Women’s Health Program

AUSTIN (January 11, 2013)--A Texas judge Friday denied Planned Parenthood's latest attempt to rejoin the state's health program that excludes providers that support abortion rights.

State District Judge Steve Yelenosky said Friday he made his ruling because Planned Parenthood was likely to lose at trial because there are no longer any federal funds involved in the program.

The Texas Women's Health Program provides free wellness exams and contraceptives to more than 110,000 eligible low-income women in state.

“This is great news for Texas women and further proves that Planned Parenthood’s case attempting to derail the Texas Women’s Health Program lacks merit and is nothing more than a desperate move by an organization more concerned with obtaining taxpayer money than with helping women get care," Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement Friday evening.

"With this ruling, our state can continue caring for Texas women.”

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