A Texas State Judge will hear the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood to have its funding restored on Friday morning. The program's state and federal dollars were cut off earlier this month when the state's new Women's Health Program went into effect.
During the hearing, the judge will determine whether or not to grant Planned Parenthood a temporary restraining order that will allow the organization to once again receive state dollars. Currently, Planned Parenthood is operating without any financial assistance from the state of Texas or the federal government.
The organization has argued that the rules are unconstitutional, and that since their clinics provide services not associated with abortions to nearly 50,000 Texas women a year, denying them funding would limit the medical services these women have access to.
Planned Parenthood hopes today's hearing will result in the reinstitution of state-funded preventative services until a trial can be held.
Opening arguments begin today at 9:00 a.m.