Judge blocks Texas plan to remove Planned Parenthood from Medicaid
Critics warn the Trump administration's so-called domestic gag rule effectively defunds Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare services to millions of people nationwide. (Photo: The All-Nite Images/Flickr/cc)

AUSTIN, Texas — Responding to an emergency lawsuit filed hours earlier, a Travis County judge issued an order Wednesday blocking Texas from removing Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid health care provider beginning Thursday. The 14-day temporary restraining order, granted by state District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble after a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon, allows Planned Parenthood to continue providing health care to about 8,000 low-income Texans. The judge also set a Feb. 17 hearing to determine whether a temporary injunction should be issued to keep Planned Parenthood in Medicaid. In its laws...