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Federal HHS Department Punishes Texas for Abortion Stance

A federal judge has denied Texas’ request for an injunction against the Federal Health and Human Services department.

The state’s motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent HHS from pulling federal funding for cancer screenings and other services was denied Friday by U.S. District Judge Walter Smith in Waco.

The state intended to remove Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortions from being able to take part in the Medciad program.

HHS punished the state for their stance on the issue by pulling the federal funding for the program that provided life-saving screenings and other services to women. Due to the denial of the injunction these services to 130,000 low-income women would no longer be funded come the end of the year.

The state health commission, through a spokesman, announced Friday that a state-funded version of the program with the exclusion of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers will be implemented at the start of 2013.

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