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Roundup: Planned Parenthood Asks For Extended Ban On Texas Funding Cut; Election’s Effect On Massachusetts Health Businesses

Bloomberg: Planned Parenthood Seeks To Extend Ban On Texas Funding Cuts
Planned Parenthood is asking a Texas judge to extend an order blocking the state from cutting funding to its clinics because the organization provides abortion services. Texas officials were blocked by an Oct. 26 temporary restraining order issued by Judge Amy Clark Meachum in Austin from eliminating public funds for the 49 Planned Parenthood clinics in the state that don’t provide abortions. The state ban will cost Planned Parenthood about $13 million a year in government reimbursements, force it to close some health centers, and interfere with health care for low-income women, the group said in court filings (Shannon, 11/8).

The Boston Globe: The Election's Effect On Massachusetts Business Sectors
The election results proved a mixed blessing for the state’s high-profile life sciences sector. While the state’s congressional delegation will continue to back the industry’s legislative agenda, biotechnology companies expect a fight over low-cost generics, and medical device makers face a tax on their products that will help fund President Obama’s health care overhaul. Combined, the two sectors have more than 800 companies in Massachusetts that employ nearly 70,000 people (Weisman, 11/8).

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