Last night Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot filed an emergency motion to stay the decision by federal judge Lee Yeakal to block de-funding of Planned Parenthood affiliates by the state Women’s Health Program. This morning, Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith granted it.
The stay means that as of today the rule can be enforced and the funding pulled. Judge Smith requested Planned Parenthood respond to the stay by 5 pm today.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is the same court of appeals that ruled mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds did not violate a woman’s constitutional rights and it looks like it’s on a similar crusade here.
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