A Friday evening court ruling guarantees Planned Parenthood will continue to receive funding through the Women’s Health Program, at least through November 8. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the state convened in Travis County District court Friday, after Planned Parenthood sued the state over its "Affiliate Ban Rule." They argued that the rules, enacted by the Health and Human Services Commission, violate state law.

At the heart of the issue is a move by the Texas Legislature in 2011 to further clarify a provision in the law governing the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. The Republican-led legislature reauthorized the law and further clarified the rules, moving to exclude organizations affiliated with abortion providers from receiving state subsidies. By excluding those providers, the state lost $40 million in federal funding to the Medicaid Women’s Health Program.

The lawsuit filed today cites Chapter 32 of the Texas Human Resources Code, which Planned Parenthood says authorizes the Women’s Health Program "subject to approval from the federal government." It argues the Health and Human Services Commission was "not authorized by the Texas Legislature to adopt the Affiliate Ban Rule because it makes the Women’s Health Program ineligible for federal funding."

In court Friday evening, attorneys on both sides argued for about half an hour. District Judge Amy Clark Meachum considered the arguments and ultimately issued a temporary restraining order. That order will remain in effect at least until the next hearing, which is scheduled for Nov. 8.

The state, meanwhile, insists that it will move forward as planned with its own 100-percent, state-funded Texas Women’s Health Program, on Nov. 1. Commissioner Kyle Janek said Friday that HHSC is sending brochures to all current Women’s Health Program clients that explain how to find a clinic in the new program. In an email statement, he said “We’re going to offer women as much help as they need to find a provider."

During a conference call Friday night, Planned Parenthood Vice President of Community Affairs, Sarah Wheat, clarified that the temporary restraining order strictly prevents the state from excluding Planned Parenthood from the original program. It does not, however, address the state’s plan to move forward with its own version.

Karina Kling took a look at the long legal battle between Texas and Planned Parenthood. She filed the below report.