No comment is necessary about what follows, from the AP, via the New York Times, although I did bold Rick Perry’s remark, just so all you women get it into your heads how well Texas and the federal courts are protecting you:
Austin, Tex — A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Texas can end financing for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide health services to low-income women before there is a trial over a new law that bars state money from going to organizations tied to abortion providers.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, lifted a temporary injunction that called for the financing to continue pending an October trial on Planned Parenthood’s challenge to the law.
State officials sought to cut off financing to the clinics, which provide family planning and health services to poor women as part of the Texas Women’s Health Program, after the Republican-led Legislature passed the law banning funds to groups linked to abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood provides cancer screenings and other services — but not abortions —to about half of the 130,000 women enrolled in the program.
The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has said the state rule violates federal law. Federal funds paid for about $35 million of the $40 million Women’s Health Program. Federal officials are now phasing out support for the program.
Gov. Rick Perry called Tuesday’s ruling “a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life.”