UPDATE: 5th Circuit Judge Stays Lower Court's Injuction -- Defunding Planned Parenthood Begins!
05/03/2012 AUSTIN, TX -- Late April 30, a federal judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the order of the federal court in Austin. That means that as on May 1, the de-funding of Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid Women's Health Program has begun. That defunding is required under Senate Bill 7, which was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by pro-life Governor Rick Perry last summer.
"For the first time in the seven-year history of the Medicaid Women's Health Program, Planned Parenthood will not receive federal and state tax dollars in Texas," said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. They can no longer administer WHP funds in the very same locations that they perform abortions and where they promote abortion as a method of birth control."