Texas holds hearing on new Women's Health Program

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 6:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Supporters of Planned Parenthood are urging Texas to "put women's health ahead of politics."

The state is holding a public hearing Tuesday on what its Women's Health Program may look like after the federal government pulls funding amid a battle over Planned Parenthood.

A 2011 state law barred funding to clinics affiliated with abortion providers. The Women's Health Program provides services to about 130,000 low-income women.

It had been 90 percent sponsored by the federal government, but Washington says Texas' law violates federal rules, and plans to stop funding the program in November.

Texas vows to keep the program going on its own, but without Planned Parenthood, which had provided care to about half of the program's participants.

Supporters say no Planned Parenthood will mean less care for the poor.

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