Thousands of low-income women will be cut off from basic health care services after a ruling Friday by a federal judge. The state of Texas and the federal government have been in dispute since 2011 about funding the Texas Woman's Health program.
The judge decided to allow the federal government to stop funding the Texas program.
A spokeswoman for the state health commission said they will develop a new program that will be entirely state-funded, but will not include the health services provided by Planned Parenthood.
90 percent of family planning services for the Texas Women's Health program was funded by the federal government and the program has served nearly 300,000 Texas women.
When the most recent contract ended in 2011, the state planned on dropping organizations from its new deal but the federal government refused to fund the current program. The change in the program was made due to Texas legislature that prohibits taxpayer funds from going to entities, or their affiliates, that perform or promote elective abortions.
Affiliates such as Planned Parenthood. Natalie Kelinske, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood in Waco, said this recent ruling will effect thousands of women in the state.
"Parent Parenthood sees about 50,000 woman who are enrolled in the Women's Health program," Kelinske said. "And now these 50,000 women are in jeopardy of losing access to these basic preventative health care services."
The Texas Women's Health program provides many services such as contraceptives, well women exams, and life saving cancer screenings.
The new state funded program will most likely start next year once Medicaid funding for the state program expires on December 31st.
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