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Women's health is back in the political spotlight. The Health and Human Services commissioner signed off on a rule Thursday, which bans any clinic associated with abortion from the state's Women's Health Program.

It's a move that could essentially cut off access to women's health services for more than 100,000 women. Republicans spent much of last session crafting a way to keep Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinics from getting family planning money.

The state attorney general reviewed the laws guiding this program and feels the state has the right to withhold funding to clinics that are affiliated with abortion. The Women's Health Program currently receives 90 percent of its funding from the federal government.

"We feel like the number of providers around the state is still adequate a lot of them may only be serving a few women, we may need to see if those providers are willing to serve more clients," Stephanie Goodman from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission said.

The decision cuts out Planned Parenthood, among others.

"I think what we have seen this year is there is a target on women's health and there is a target on birth control, and by coming after this program the governor is basically knocking 130,000 women off of the health care system," said Sarah Wheat of Planned Parenthood.

Ultimately, Planned Parenthood says it's not flinching. They feel leaving some women's health providers out is against the law and think the federal government will take their side. However, the state isn't likely to change it's mind and the program will likely die.

You can watch that story, along with a look at the likelihood of a "contested" Republican National Convention-- and how Ron Paul will play into that -- in the video below.

Texas redistricting maps are still not finalized. Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, testified in San Antonio and Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Texas Black Legislative Caucus. She stopped by our studio to tell us about where things stand.

Jim Henson, of the University of Texas' Texas Politics Project also appeared on "Capital Tonight." He worked with the Texas Tribune on several polls released this week.

You can watch their interviews in the video below.

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Andy Brown of the Travis County Democratic Party and our regular Republican Strategist Ted Delisi gave us their take on the busy week in Texas politics. You can see their analysis here:

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