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Fort Worth’s new Planned Parenthood center would have stopped offering abortions if the new Texas abortion law had gone into effect this week. A federal judge ruled that certain new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and should not take effect. Outside the center, reviews were mixed.

The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.

The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. 29.

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Republicans in the Texas House have passed the bill that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  It’s now headed to the Senate, where it is also expected to pass.

Knowing they don’t have enough votes to stop the bill, pro-choice Democrats are taking their fight to the streets. Their “Stand With Texas Women” road trip”  stopped in Dallas Wednesday morning.

Texas put its new, state-funded Women’s Health Program on hold today, just hours before the retooled program was set to launch. And that means Planned Parenthood will continue getting state money to provide health care to women -- at least for the moment.

Planned Parenthood is hoping yesterday’s federal appeals court ruling on women’s health care in Indiana will persuade Texas officials to reconsider its ban on the organization.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood are urging Texas to "put women's health ahead of politics."

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A federal appeals judge says Texas cannot ban Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds.

The state’s top education official, Robert Scott, said he’s resigning his post as Texas Education Agency Commissioner, effective July 2.

He’ll leave five years to the day after Gov. Rick Perry appointed him as TEA leader. In a press release, Perry praised Scott’s performance.

Commissioner Scott's tenure overseeing nearly 5 million public school children statewide is the longest in the past 20 years.

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A federal judge in Austin has stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from participating in the Women's Health Program.

Planned Parenthood is sharing new information of the merger of groups in Austin, Waco and North Texas. As KERA’s Courtney Collins explains, Planned Parenthood expects to come out even stronger.

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Planned Parenthood groups in Austin, Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth are planning to merge into one organization.

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State health officials plan to roll out the Texas Women’s Health Program November 1. KERA’s BJ Austin says it will continue family planning services for low income women without any federal funds.

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Planned Parenthood is suing the state Health and Human Services Commission in federal court. It’s asking the court to enter a preliminary injunction that would stop the state from cutting Planned Parenthood funding that comes through the state’s Women’s Health Program.

Planned Parenthood clinics across the state have a little more time before the must turn away patients in the state’s Women’s Health Program. KERA’s BJ Austin says funding was to be cut Wednesday, but new regulations issued over the weekend allow patients to be seen through April 30.

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Planned Parenthood of North Texas will hold its annual awards luncheon today (2/16/12) in Dallas. And the minds of many attending likely will be on the organization’s recent controversy involving the Susan G-Komen Center for the Cure.  The situation’s also on the mind of commentator Lee Cullum.

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An executive with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity has resigned after a dispute over funding for Planned Parenthood. 

Karen Handel announced her resignation as vice president for public policy in a letter to Komen officials Tuesday.

Handel said in her letter that she had supported cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood.

Handel, a former Republican candidate for governor in Georgia, emphasized her opposition to abortion during her 2010 campaign.

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The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity on Friday abandoned plans to eliminate grants to Planned Parenthood. The startling decision came after three days of virulent criticism that resounded across the Internet, jeopardizing Komen's iconic image.

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," a Komen statement said.

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