August 23, 2012 — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to lift a temporary injunction against a Texas law that bars affiliates of abortion providers from participating in the state's Women's Health Program gave a "green light" to Gov. Rick Perry (R) and the Texas Legislature to "endanger the general health and welfare of low-income women to further their agenda of eroding abortion rights," a New York Times editorial states.
"None of these centers offer abortions because state law has long barred abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving public money," the editorial notes, adding that the new law defines an "affiliate" of an abortion provider as "any entity that shares a name or trademark with any organization that provides or 'promotes' abortion."
Although a federal judge previously found that the legal challenge to the law was "likely to prevail" and blocked it from taking effect, the appeals court "lifted the injunction with the muddled opinion that contends Texas does not violate the Constitution by disfavoring abortion or activities that promote abortion," the editorial states. It concludes, "Perry called the ruling 'a win for Texas women.' Nothing could be further from the truth" (New York Times, 8/22).