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Balquinta v. Texas Department of State Health Services

Balquinta v. Texas Department of State Health Services

State court challenge to a Texas rule prohibiting Planned Parenthood affiliates and other entities affiliated with abortion providers from participating in Texas' Medicaid Women’s Health Program as violating state law. The case was filed in December 2012. A state district court denied Plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order and scheduled a hearing for January 11, 2013. The request for a temporary injunction was again denied following the January 2013 hearing. Current status: In April 2014, the Texas Court of Appeals dismissed Plaintiffs’ claims under the Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act for lack of jurisdiction, but upheld the court’s jurisdiction on the remaining claims. (See the petition for injunction here. See the order denying the temporary injunction here. See the Texas Court of Appeals opinion here.)