Court: Texas Allowed to Cut Planned Parenthood Funds
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Texas can temporarily stop funding Planned Parenthood, CBN News reports. The legislature had passed a law cutting off funding for the organization, but a lower court blocked the law from going into effect until a suit against it could be heard in October, but the 5th Circuit Court ruling lifted that injunction, putting the ban back into place. "We appreciate the court's ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women's Health Program as quickly as possible," said Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Planned Parenthood argued the law violated free speech, but the Texas attorney general said lawmakers could decide which organizations to allocate money to.