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Planned Parenthood wins temporary reprieve from funding cuts

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Public funding will continue to flow to Planned Parenthood in Texas after a district court judge in Austin granted the group a temporary restraining order, representative for the organization said.

The court victory came just a day after the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Planned Parenthood's request for a re-hearing on the issue.

In spring, Texas lawmakers decided to cut all public funding for women's health providers who perform abortions.

"A pretty overwhelming vote by the legislature to protect life in this state, and that's really what this gets down to," Governor Rick Perry said at a speaking engagement in Houston.

The elimination of public funding would have taken effect Nov. 1 and forced at least 50,000 women, mostly low-income, to find new providers for free, preventative health services they'd come to expect from Planned Parenthood under the Women's Health Program.

"The cost here is women's lives.  It's their health.  We are talking about women who will put off a cervical cancer screening or a breast exam because they just don't have the money for it.  This program and planned parenthood helped them stay healthy," said Rochelle Tafolla, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

Perry sees that kind of talk as a scare tactic and believes Texas women, regardless of income, will ultimately get the services they need.

"The appropriate health care will be available with all those providers who don't associate themselves with the abortion industry," he said.

As a result of today's restraining order, Taffola said money for women's health will continue to flow to Planned Parenthood, at least until the case is resolved in state court.

"The governor is asking tens of thousands of women to find another provider when there just aren't any out there," she said.

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