Group files new suit to stay in pro­gram

Austin American-Statesman - - FUNERALS AND MEMORIALS -

Planned Par­ent­hood on Tues­day filed fed­eral and state court law­suits seek­ing to re­main in the Women’s Health Pro­gram when Texas takes over on Jan. 1.

The law­suits are in ad­di­tion to pend­ing law­suits seek­ing to keep Planned Par­ent­hood in the pro­gram, which pro­vides health and con­tra­cep­tive care to low­in­come women, un­til the fed­eral government with­draws fund­ing on Jan. 1.

Gov. Rick Perry has said state law re­quires the health pro­gram to be shut down if the state is forced to in­clude Planned Par­ent­hood, the na­tion’s lead­ing provider of abor­tions.

Also Tues­day, Perry held a Hous­ton press con- fer­ence to urge leg­is­la­tors to pass the “Pre­born Pain Bill” — leg­is­la­tion that would ban abor­tion start­ing in the 20th week of preg­nancy — ar­gu­ing that med­i­cal ev­i­dence in­di­cates that is when a fe­tus can feel pain. Abor­tion rights sup­port­ers dis­agree, say­ing pain can­not be felt un­til much later in a preg­nancy.

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