After winning the legal battle to strike down a pro-life law in Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood wants taxpayers to pay for its legal expenses.
The law that Planned Parenthood adamantly fought against required Wisconsin abortionists to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals. The law was established to ensure the health and safety of women seeking abortions, especially when they experience complications during the abortion.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union together fought against the Wisconsin bill in 2013, claiming that it made abortion less accessible to women. Despite their efforts, Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill later that year.
The abortion giant and the ACLU then filed a lawsuit against the law; and soon after it was enacted, a judge barred enforcement of it, claiming that “no medical purpose is served by this requirement,” the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Planned Parenthood won its case, and last week the abortion business requested that Wisconsin taxpayers reimburse its almost $1.8 million in legal fees, according to the report. This figure includes the legal expenses of both Planned Parenthood and ACLU.
Johnny Koremenos, a spokesman for the state Department of Justice, said the agency would fight the court filing.
“DOJ has a duty to ensure that the state is not paying for more than it should be for those fees,” Koremenos said.
Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, said the amount that Planned Parenthood is demanding is “exorbitant.” She pointed out that the abortion group received more than $500 million in federal tax dollars in 2013-2014 alone.
“Once again, Planned Parenthood wishes to feed off the taxpayer trough in order to push their pro-abortion agenda in Wisconsin,” Weininger continued. “Their repeated demands for taxpayer funds is an affront to any who doesn’t want their taxpayer dollars tied up in their business – the dismemberment of unborn children.”
She said the abortion group’s attorneys were paid a huge amount, between $450 and $600 per hour.
Planned Parenthood recently prevailed is a similar case in Missouri, where a judge ordered that state taxpayers pay the abortion business almost $157,000 in attorneys’ fees, LifeNews reported. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded Planned Parenthood Great Plains the funds for its legal expenses after the state tried to hold one of its abortion facilities accountable for not complying with the law.
Last December, the state planned to take away the license of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Columbia, Missouri after it was unable to comply with a state admitting privileges law. However, Planned Parenthood sued the state, and a federal judge sided with the abortion giant in May.
On Monday, Laughrey ruled that because the state lost the case, it must pay Planned Parenthood’s attorneys’ fees for the matter, the Salina Post reports.
Planned Parenthood continues to seek reparation for the legal battles that they win. Although the business claims that abortion should be an issue just between and woman and her doctor, they insist on taxpayers funding their legal battles.