Court refuses Planned Parenthood appeal

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Associated Press

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 12:34 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling that Texas can withhold state women's health care funding from Planned Parenthood clinics

The New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of appeals issued it ruling Thursday.

State lawmakers cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest health care provider in the Texas Women's Health Program.

The health program provides family planning and other health services to more than 130,000 low-income women and is designed for those who might not otherwise qualify for Medicaid.

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek says the state has increased the number of doctors and clinics in the program to care for women who need to find new health care providers.

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