Kansas leaders appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court this week to allow it to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
The move comes a few weeks after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said Kansas cannot defund Planned Parenthood, despite an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into its aborted baby body parts trade.
“Kansas is a Pro-Life state, and Kansans don’t want state dollars being used to support abortion providers,” Gov. Jeff Colyer told KCUR News. “The medical needs of Kansas women will continue to be met by other providers in the Medicaid and KanCare network. We want the Supreme Court to weigh in on this issue, and we look forward to the outcome.”
While the 10th Circuit ruled against the state effort, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a similar effort by Arkansas to defund the abortion chain in 2017. Because of the circuit split, the high court may take up the case.
Kansas cited three grounds for its decision: video evidence purporting to show that other Planned Parenthood affiliates entered into illegal agreements to procure fetal tissue after abortions; an alleged failure to comply with solid waste disposal inspections; and concerns over Medicaid claims submitted by other Planned Parenthood affiliates in neighboring states.
The highly edited video by an anti-abortion group was largely discredited and concerned the national Planned Parenthood organization, not the Kansas- and Missouri-based affiliates. But in his petition to the Supreme Court, Anderson argues that there are “substantial links” between the parent and its affiliates.
“Given the ties between the national and local offices, the Kansas Department of Health Environment (KDHE) viewed the 2014 videos as potential evidence of illegal activity by two providers, PPGP and PPSLR,” the petition states, referring to Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
A Kansas Planned Parenthood spokesman criticized the latest move, saying, “Kansas should focus on increasing access to the basic health care services that we provide, not on stripping away that critical care from the most vulnerable Kansans,” the Daily Caller reports.
The abortion chain also previously claimed the state’s actions were “baseless and politically motivated.”
However, pro-life advocates said the state should be allowed to defund a group under investigation for illegal activity.
Kansans for Life previously said: “We oppose any public money that helps the abortion giant Planned Parenthood stay open. Planned Parenthood is not the trusted health-care provider they like to call themselves – everything they do is poisoned by their abortion business and advocacy.”
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In early December, news broke that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations that Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sales of aborted baby body parts.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion group in America, destroying about 320,000 unborn babies’ lives every year.