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Judge pauses Texas’ plan to end Planned Parenthood funding

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 31: Planned Parenthood employees look on from the balcony to a pro-life demonstration outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center on May 31, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. In the wake of Missouri recent controversial abortion legislation, the states' last abortion clinic is being forced to close by the end of the day. Planned Parenthood is expected to go to court to try and stop the closing. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas’ longtime effort to end Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood is on hold again.

A judge in Austin on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the state from moving ahead for now.

Planned Parenthood says more than 8,000 low-income residents would lose access to non-abortion health services at its clinics if Texas succeeds.

Opponents of legal abortion have long sought to deny federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.


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