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Planned Parenthood Files New Lawsuit Against Texas Funding Ban

Planned Parenthood has filed a new lawsuit challenging a funding ban in Texas that seeks to exclude it from a program for low-income women. The Texas program offers cancer and health screenings, as well as birth control services to some 130,000 women, about 40 percent of whom are served through Planned Parenthood. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry has sought to bar Planned Parenthood’s involvement because the group also provides abortions. An appeals court upheld the ban last week, but on Friday a Texas judge issued a temporary restraining order pending arguments in a new challenge from Planned Parenthood. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood say the ban is illegal because it would force Texas to lose of 90 percent of the program’s funding from the federal government.

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