Judge orders Kansas to resume Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood
TOPEKA, Kansas, July 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Planned Parenthood was granted a temporary victory Tuesday in Kansas when a federal judge ruled that the state cannot cut off Medicaid funding for two of its affiliates.
Earlier this year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment informed Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri that as of May 10 the abortion giant would no longer be one of its Medicaid providers.
The move came in the wake of the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts and Planned Parenthood’s “lack of cooperation” with state inspectors who sought to search the waste of an Overland Park, Kansas, Planned Parenthood last December.
Planned Parenthood subsequently filed a lawsuit and U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson issued a temporary ruling Tuesday in which she wrote that Medicaid patients have “the explicit right to seek family planning services from the qualified provider of their choice.”
Planned Parenthood applauded the ruling. Its president, Cecile Richards, tweeted that it was the ninth victory for abortion advocates since the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman's Health v Hellerstedt decision:
A spokeswoman for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said his office will continue litigating and fighting to make Kansas a pro-life state.
In 2013, Planned Parenthood paid $4.3 million to settle a federal civil suit brought forward by a whistleblower who accused Planned Parenthood in Texas of Medicaid fraud.
Planned Parenthood is currently embroiled in a lawsuit brought by former employee Sue Thayer, who claims that Planned Parenthood committed various forms of Medicaid fraud and wrongly charged Iowa taxpayers $28 million for abortion-related services.