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RULE §382.129Severability

(a) Legislative intent. It is the intent of the Texas Legislature that FPP must be operated only in a manner that ensures that no funds spent under the program are used to:

  (1) perform or promote elective abortions; or

  (2) contract with entities that perform or promote elective abortions or affiliates of such entities.

(b) Limitation on administration. HHSC, as the agency responsible for administering FPP, is subject to the conditions specified in state law and legislative appropriations. Its authority to operate the program is thus strictly limited, and HHSC has no authority to operate FPP except in compliance with such conditions.

(c) Nonseverable provisions.

  (1) Section 382.105(1) of this subchapter (relating to Definitions) and §382.115 of this subchapter (relating to Family Planning Program Health Care Providers) are necessary and integral to the implementation of the requirements of state law and legislative appropriations and the achievement of the objectives of FPP. As such, HHSC regards the provisions and application of these sections as essential aspects of HHSC's compliance with state law and, therefore, not severable from the other provisions of this subchapter.

  (2) Accordingly, to the extent that §382.105(1), §382.115, or this section is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional or unenforceable, or to the degree an official or employee of HHSC or the State of Texas is enjoined from enforcing these sections, HHSC will regard this entire subchapter as invalid and unenforceable and will cease operation of the program.

(d) Severable provisions. To the extent that any part of this subchapter other than §382.105(1), §382.115, or this section are enjoined, HHSC may enforce the parts of the subchapter not affected by such injunctive relief to the extent that HHSC determines it can do so consistent with legislative intent and the objectives of this subchapter.

Source Note: The provisions of this §382.129 adopted to be effective July 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 4630

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