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Planned Parenthood Files ForPreliminary Injuction (Nov 13, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to prevent the Oklahoma Department of Health from terminating contracts at three Tulsa-area clinics that provide food and nutritional counseling to low income mothers.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a motion on Tuesday for a preliminary injunction in its case against Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline.

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit against the department last week alleging that the state's decision to terminate its contracts was politically motivated retaliation for the organization's support of abortion rights.

Health Department spokeswoman Leslea Bennett-Webb declined to comment on the latest filing in the case, but health officials have said previously the decision to end the contracts was based in part on Planned Parenthood's cost per participant exceeding those of other clinics in the Tulsa area.

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