UPDATE: Adds reaction from several more Texas lawmakers

A federal judge has issued an injunction, stopping the state from pulling funding from Planned Parenthood. Money to Planned Parenthood would have been phased out, starting tomorrow.

The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood. It challenges a law passed last legislative session, banning organizations affiliated with abortion providers from receiving state funding. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled today that there is ‘sufficient evidence’ that the law is unconstitutional.

Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Rebecca Acuña released this statement:

“Rick Perry can’t tell women where they can and cannot go to for health care. Perry had already been warned that limiting health care providers for women was illegal and that it would endanger the health of women, he just didn’t’t care. It’s high time that Rick Perry drop the political charade and end his assault on women’s health. Sadly, Rick Perry seems more concerned with eliminating Planned Parenthood than with the health of Texas women. It’s beyond reprehensible that Texas Republicans would rather end the Women’s Health Program altogether than repeal their illegal policy. Republicans continue to treat women as acceptable collateral damage in their quest to earn points with extremists.”

Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston released this statement:

"I am pleased with Judge Yeakel’s decision to halt the enforcement of law that strips Texas women of the right to choose their own health provider. Hindering provider choice is not only wrong, it violates federal law. Unfortunately, Governor Perry has given marching orders to continue pushing for a policy that demeans women and restricts their access to health care.

This temporary injunction provides an opportunity to continue working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to find alternative ways to provide health services to low-income women. Two weeks ago, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and I met with Cindy Mann, Director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, to discuss options that will keep low-income women in Texas from losing the crucial health services currently provided by the Women’s Health Program."

Houston Rep. Jessica Farrar provided this statement:

"I commend Judge Yeakel in granting the injunction to prevent Texas from excluding Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program. The Republican leadership chose to eliminate the Women’s Health Program instead of honoring a woman’s right to choose their health care provider. It is unconstitutional to prevent a woman from choosing their health care provider."

Despite today’s ruling, Planned Parenthood could still lose funding. State officials have said they’ll shut down the Women’s Health Program, if they were forced to include abortion provider affiliates.

We have reached out to Governor Perry’s office, and are expecting their response this evening. Attorney General Greg Abbott says he won’t respond until he had a chance to review the ruling.