AUSTIN (December 11, 2012)--Planned Parenthood filed two new lawsuits Tuesday in state and federal courts in its effort to stay in the new Texas Women's Health program.
Texas is moving to defund clinics and doctors with ties to groups that provide abortions, but Planned Parenthood has waged an ongoing legal battle to remain in the program.
A McAllen woman who relies on Planned Parenthood for affordable cancer screenings and birth control filed the lawsuit in state court.
The suit argues that Texas lacks the authority to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program.
The federal lawsuit challenges the exclusion of Planned Parenthood as a violation of patients' civil rights.
Planned Parenthood clinics provide services to an estimated 50,000 women from 40 health centers under the Women's Health Program.