Group files new suit to stay in program
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.