(HOUSTON CHRONICLE) U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel today issued a preliminary injunction saying the state can’t bar Planned Parenthood from offering services through the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, pending his final decision in the case.

Yeakel set a scheduling conference for May 18, at which he expects parties to be prepared to discuss a trial date.

Planned Parenthood is suing over the state’s decision to exclude clinics associated with abortion providers from the program, even though the clinics themselves don’t provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood, which has been a big part of the program, said the provision violates its constitutional rights.

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