A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission responded swiftly to the decision.
“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,” commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman wrote in an emailed statement.
Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the appeals court’s unanimous ruling “rightfully recognized that the taxpayer-funded Women’s Health Program is not required to subsidize organizations that advocate for elective abortion. We are encouraged by today’s decision and will continue to defend the Women’s Health Program in court.”