AUSTIN, Texas — A new Texas law that bars state funds for organizations that perform or promote abortion, including Planned Parenthood, took effect in the state Jan. 1.
The move follows the state’s dispute with the Obama administration that resulted in a denial of millions of dollars in federal funds for a Texas women’s health initiative.
On Dec. 31, a state district judge rejected a Planned Parenthood request for a temporary restraining order against the law, which the state Legislature passed in 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who signed the bill into law, praised the decision.
He said the ruling “finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed...READ MORE