A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas' attempt to boot Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists in 2015 -- but a deadline now looms for another ruling.
The ouster had been set for last month until Austin-based U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks issued an injunction through Tuesday. Sparks is expected to either let the removal proceed or fully block it pending a trial.
Other federal courts already have stopped several states that tried similarly tried severing ties with Planned Parenthood. They too cited heavily edited videos claiming to show officials from the nation's largest abortion provider profiting from sales of fetal tissue for medical research.