Court: Texas Allowed to Cut P. Parenthood Funds

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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas can temporarily stop funding Planned Parenthood.

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 can be heard in October.

Now, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has lifted that injunction, putting the ban back in 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," Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the state Health and Human Services Commission, said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood argued that the law violates free speech, but the Texas Attorney general said lawmakers may decide what organizations they want to give money to.

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