Monday, August 1, 2011

Federal judge blocks Kansas law defunding Planned Parenthood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Planned Parenthood stays open.
  • Planned Parenthood stays open.

It's been a rough few years for women's rights in Kansas, so it's good to see pro-choice winning the legal battle to keep abortion services in the Sunflower State.

This morning, U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ordered Kansas to resume funding Planned Parenthood immediately. Planned Parenthood contended that if the state took away its $330,000 in federal Title X annual funding, the organization would be forced to close its clinic in Hays, as well as severely limiting access to services for the clinic's 5,700 patients.



This is the second loss for Republican legislators at the courthouse. In July, a federal judge in KCK issued a temporary injunction against new licensing rules for abortion providers that would change requirements on what drugs and equipment must be stocked, as well as adding new regulations on room sizes and temperatures.

Separate lawsuits challenging the defunding and the new clinic regulations are making their way through the courts.


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