Texas Sues Feds in Women's Health Program Fight

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Texas has filed a lawsuit in response to the federal government's decision to halt funding for the Texas Women's Health Program amid a fight over clinics affiliated with abortion providers.

Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The state says the Obama administration's move interferes with its ability to promote women's health.

The Women's Health Program has about 130,000 low-income participants, and federal funds had covered 90 percent of its costs.

But a new Texas law bars state funding for clinics affiliated with abortion providers. That made the Obama administration cut off funding, arguing that federal law requires women to be able to choose any qualified clinic.

Gov. Rick Perry has vowed that Texas will continue the program even without federal support.


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