Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Wants Judge to Force Kansas Taxpayers to Fund It

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2016   |   1:01PM   |   Topeka, KS

The Planned Parenthood abortion business will not go quietly into that good night. The abortion company’s lawyers are demanding that a judge force taxpayers in Kansas be forced to fund it with their tax dollars.

The state of Kansas had planned to cut off taxpayer funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business via Medicaid by now but the lawsuit the abortion giant filed against the state has been forced to delayed defunding until July 7 because of it.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is not happy the state of Kansas approved legislation to permanently ban any taxpayer funding for the abortion corporation. Governor Sam Brownback recently signed the pro-life bill into law.

Kansas Senate Bill 436 would prioritize Title X grants, which are taxpayer-funded, by awarding them to full-service public health clinics and hospitals first. Planned Parenthood, which often receives these grants from various states, would be pushed to the end of the list because it does not provide comprehensive health care and, essentially, defunded.

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But Planned Parenthood sued. And now,  it’s complaining Kansas is punishing it because it does abortions. Here’s more:

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson was having a hearing Tuesday in a lawsuit filed last month by two Planned Parenthood affiliates against the state health department’s top administrator. The agency plans to cut off funding July 7 for services such as health exams and cancer screenings provided to poor Kansas residents whose health coverage is provided by the state’s Medicaid program.

Robinson will decide whether to block the department’s action while the lawsuit proceeds. Federal courts have blocked attempts to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood in other states, including Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana and Utah.

In a court filing Monday, Planned Parenthood attorneys argued that Kansas is acting based on its “animus” toward the organization.

Attorneys for department Secretary Susan Mosier argued in court documents last week that it would premature for Robinson to act because the state hasn’t formally cut off Medicaid funding.