Planned Parenthood sues over Texas policy cutting off Medicaid funds

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Planned Parenthood challenged the restrictions in federal court on Wednesday, saying they’re unconstitutional and also a violation of Texas law. The organization asked the court to block Texas’s policy from taking effect while it considers the legal challenge.

The federal Health and Human Services Department announced last month that it would pull its funding for Texas’s Women’s Health Program because of the Planned Parenthood exclusion. Officials said the state’s ban on “affiliates of abortion providers” violates federal Medicaid law.