Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...After a day-long hearing, Travis County Judge Stephen Yelenosky today denied Planned Parenthood a temporary injunction, allowing the state to continue operating, for now, the state-funded Texas Women's Health Program that excludes the nonprofit...."
"...As a tumultuous year in women's health draws to a close, Planned Parenthood is turning up the heat on Texas, today filing a new lawsuit that challenge the state's move to ban the nonprofit from participation in a state-run and funded Texas Women's Health Program...."
"...A visiting district judge today declined to grant a temporary restraining order, thus clearing the way for Texas to ban Planned Parenthood from its new Texas Women's Health Program, slated to begin tomorrow, Jan. 1...."
"...Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the state of Texas over its decision to exclude the reproductive health provider from the Medicaid program...."
"...This morning, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state will end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers...."
"...Final rules for the Texas Women's Health Program exclude Planned Parenthood, relax rules covering provider discussions of abortion, and include funding for treatment of sexually-transmitted infections. And, if the state can line up enough providers, the new program will launch Nov..."
"...Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to boot Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid...."
"...As if Texas lawmakers have not done enough to eviscerate Planned Parenthood, they now plan to launch a full-scale investigation into the nationally affiliated health care network’s business practices based on heavily edited and misleading videos...."
"...Just three days after state officials cavalierly announced they would cut off Planned Parenthood from Medicaid enrollment, representatives of the inspector general’s office at the Health and Human Services Commission stormed affiliate clinics in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Brownsville unannounced, demanding thousands of documents...."
"...Planned Parenthood has gotten a lot of press lately, but how much do you know about Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas's involvement in the local community?..."
"...If the state goes through with its plan to cut Planned Parenthood out of the Women's Health Program when the new state-run version of the program comes online on Nov. 1, women's access to affordable care will suffer, according to a George Washington University study released late last week...."
"...The federal government is stepping into the state’s decision to end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood clinics...."
"...Low-income, insured women would no longer be able to turn to Planned Parenthood for state-supported breast and cervical cancer screenings, under a recently negotiated state budget compromise...."
"...Low-income, insured women would no longer be able to turn to Planned Parenthood for state-supported breast and cervical cancer screenings, under a newly released budget compromise...."
"...A federal court in Waco Friday denied the state an injunction that would allow it to receive Medicaid dollars to fund the healthcare providers it believes should be a part of the Women's Health Program, and to deny funds to Planned Parenthood if it so chooses...."
"...With the goal of eliminating abortion, Texas Republicans have stripped Planned Parenthood of funding and steadily obstructed patient access to care over the past few years. Turns out, their ideological, anti-choice crusade is having the opposite effect..."
"...Austin-based U.S. Federal District Judge Sam Sparks blocked Texas health officials from kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid on Tuesday, writing that the action would stand against federal law and cause irreparable injury to the 12,000 low-income Texas women who visit the reproductive health provider...."
"...Just a week after the new state-run and financed Texas Women's Health Program began operation, the Health and Human Services Commission on Monday released a report declaring that the state has expanded its capacity to serve low-income women now that Planned Parenthood has been banned from participation...."
"...Following a three-day hearing that concluded Thursday afternoon, U.S. Judge Sam Sparks granted a temporary injunction blocking Texas officials from removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program until at least Feb..."
"...What happens when you boot Planned Parenthood out of a preventative health program? Less access to contraception and more taxpayer funded births, according to new research...."
"...After two months of review, a Harris County grand jury chose not to indict Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast over allegations of unlawful misconduct on Monday – they did, however, indict two anti-abortion activists involved in making the allegations against the reproductive health provider...."
"...Planned Parenthood affiliates are in court this week to halt state officials’ plans to boot the provider from Medicaid, as promised last month...."
"...After not hearing back from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on his request to recoup millions that Texas lost after banning Planned Parenthood from a women’s health program last year, Gov. Greg Abbott is now appealing directly to our anti-choice president, hoping he’ll bend the rules...."
"...In this week's News Roundup, Austin stands with Planned Parenthood, even though Texas doesn't; CM Don Zimmerman displays his usual courtesy and compassion; not everyone welcomes a cat cafe; and more...."
"...Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast today announced that it would close three clinics in eastern Texas, including its abortion facility in Bryan, which PPGC President Melaney Linton said is directly attributable to the provisions of House Bill 2, signed into law today by Gov. Rick Perry...."
"...Republican lawmakers might not like Planned Parenthood, or funding family-planning health services – but Texas voters do...."
"...Ruling that the district court "gave insufficient attention" to Texas' "authority to subsidize speech of its choosing" within the Women's Health Program, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the lower court decision that banned the state from blocking Planned Parenthood as a participant in the health program for uninsured women...."
"...A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this afternoon lifted the stay imposed by Judge Jerry Smith, which would ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the Women's Health Program..."
"...As predicted, a host of family planning providers – including Planned Parenthood – have lost all state funding as a result of lawmakers' draconian cuts to the budget traditionally used to provide low-income and uninsured women with access to basic reproductive health care...."
"...The post-House Bill 2 world is decidedly bleak for women in need of legal abortion care, but today there's a bit of good news for those women: Planned Parenthood's South Austin surgical center is back in business...."
"...If Texas has to allow Planned Parenthood to provide women with health services under the Women's Health Program, how can it also get across a pro-life message?..."
"...Community health centers will have to expand significantly in order to compensate for the exclusion of Planned Parenthood clinics from the Women's Health Program, according to a new report released by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at George Washington University...."
"...Travis County District Judge Stephen Yelenosky Thursday afternoon granted a temporary injunction barring the state from enforcing a rule that would keep Planned Parenthood from participating in the Women's Health Program until a trial on the merits of the case can be held in December...."
"...In a late-night ruling, a single judge of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Jerry Smith, issued an emergency stay of yesterday's ruling in federal district court that the state would not be allowed, at least for the time being, to exclude Planned Parenthood from participation in the Women's Health Program...."
"...Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel today ruled in favor of nine Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas that sought to block the state from going forward with a new rule that would ban their ability to provide services as part of the successful Women's Health Program...."
"...For the first time in nearly 40 years, Austin's Downtown Planned Parenthood clinic has been shut out of federal pass-through funding used to serve thousands of local low-income and uninsured clients...."
"...Tomorrow (Thursday) the Health and Human Services Commission Medical Care Advisory Committee is set to hear public input on a proposed rule that would eliminate Planned Parenthood from providing services under the successful Women's Health Program...."
"...State witnesses failed to present any proof showing Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast violated the law or altered abortion procedures for fetal tissue research purposes during the second day of court hearings challenging Texas officials’ decision to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, including Austin centers. While some witnesses offered by the state attempted to cast Planned Parenthood employees as unethical, based on anti-choice highly edited video, their personal histories of ideologically opposing Planned Parenthood and most abortion procedures called into question their objectivity and judgment as witnesses...."
"..."After Bailey died, I promised I wouldn't let something like that happen to me," said Norman. A friend referred her to Planned Parenthood Waco – her first visit to the reproductive health network in more than two decades – where she received a Pap test through the Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program..."
"...That made her anxious when she'd see doctors. Her group home roommates arranged an appointment for her at Planned Parenthood's North Austin center..."
"...The budget cuts were aimed at eliminating Planned Parenthood from receiving any funding to provide family planning services. That has worked – and has forced a number of other providers to close up shop too..."
"...A pair of rulings from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott seems to set the stage for Texas lawmakers to exclude Planned Parenthood from participation in the successful Women's Health Program, which in 2008 alone saved the state more than $40 million in health-related costs...."
"...Since 1973, the Planned Parenthood clinic on the corner of East Seventh and Chicon has stood as a valuable health resource to generations of Austinites. The city-owned building gets leased to the clinic for a nominal fee – $1 a year – an arrangement approved by City Council that allows the provider to focus its costs on serving the community..."
"...Madeleine Albright has come and gone, trailing diplomatic bons mots and twinkling brooches, now famous for her "jewel box diplomacy" and her book on the subject (Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat's Jewel Box). She also left in her wake some disgruntled peace activists, who say the former secretary of state got a free ethics pass from Planned Parenthood while they got the bum's rush..."
"...Bob Deuell, R-Greenville) required DSHS to allocate "up to" $10 million in family-planning dollars first to "Federally Qualified Health Centers" community clinics that provide a host of health services to uninsured and/or indigent clients, in addition to family-planning services. But Rider 81 hadn't gone into effect until partway through FY 06, and a full funding year of cuts would not be in place until FY 07, so Planned Parenthood was expecting the worst...."
"...A week after Planned Parenthood lost its prime contractor to an intense anti-abortion campaign designed to kill construction of a new facility, the nonprofit group announced it would take matters into its own hands to see through the completion of the flagship office. "We are going to become our own general contractor," Executive Director Glenda Parks told a crowd of about 500 Monday at the group's annual public affairs luncheon at the Four Seasons..."
"...Three of the state's nine Planned Parenthood affiliates – covering North Texas, Waco, and Austin – announced last week that they would merge operations to create the nation's eighth-largest PP affiliate, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, an organization that will run 26 clinics across the state with a $29 million yearly budget. The merger had been in the pipeline for months before the boards of the three affiliates, including Austin's Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region, voted to join forces..."
"...U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks has granted a preliminary injunction to six state Planned Parenthood affiliates suing the Texas Dept..."
"...At press time, 49 of the state's Planned Parenthood clinics – and thousands of clients who rely on their services – were waiting to find out whether the state would be allowed to ban them from serving women enrolled in the Women's Health Program. On April 30, federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the PP clinics should be allowed to continue delivering services – which they've done for the last five years as the WHP's largest provider of basic health care and family planning services – until a trial on the merits of a lawsuit on the issue can be heard..."
"...On Jan. 11, after a daylong hearing, Travis County Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied Planned Parenthood a temporary injunction, allowing the state to continue operating, for now, the state-funded Texas Women's Health Program that excludes the nonprofit..."