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Texas women's health program adds abortion opponent's group

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A revamped Texas women's health program that kicked out Planned Parenthood is giving a $1.6 million state contract to a nonprofit run by an anti-abortion activist.

The Heidi Group's Carol Everett said Wednesday the money will connect rural women with health providers. The Heidi Group website says the nonprofit based near Austin offers "practical and scriptural solutions" for unplanned pregnancies.

Everett says this is her first state contract and that services begin in September. Planned Parenthood says Texas officials are passing over proven providers to "support their anti-abortion agenda."

Texas lawmakers ousted Planned Parenthood and others with links to abortion providers from its state women's health program in 2011. State health officials say its new Healthy Texas Women program will have roughly three times as many providers as back then.

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