Archive for Saturday, August 20, 2011

State seeks guidance on Planned Parenthood

August 20, 2011


— Kansas asked a federal judge Friday whether it can make monthly payments to Planned Parenthood while it pursues an appeal of his order requiring the state to keep providing the group with federal funds to finance its non-abortion services.

Lawyers for the attorney general’s office raised the issue a day after Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri’s top administrator publicly accused the state of violating an Aug. 1 order from U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten of Wichita. The order blocked a provision of the state budget aimed at preventing Planned Parenthood from receiving any of the state’s share of federal family planning dollars.

President and CEO Peter Brownlie said the Planned Parenthood chapter hasn’t received any funds from the state Department of Health and Environment, despite Marten’s order. The state is appealing the decision, but Planned Parenthood contends it is still obligated to turn over the money immediately.

The state’s lawyers said they believe monthly payments to Planned Parenthood “will fully comply” with Marten’s order and “more than fully protect against any harm” alleged by the group from the budget provision. Also, the state wants Planned Parenthood to post bond, so that any funds it receives can be recovered and redistributed should the appeals court side with the state.

Brownlie said Thursday that the Planned Parenthood chapter was considering going back to Marten to force the state to turn over the federal funds.

“The state’s refusal to comply with the court’s order is rather remarkable,” he said.


Joe Hyde 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes, the Brownback administration would make a tiny monthly payment to Planned Parenthood while stuffing the unpaid balance of those $330,000 federal dollars into an interest-bearing account whose profits go toward paying private law firm attorney fees, or toward their next hairbrained anti-choice scheme.

They keep on and one or more Kansas state officials will get hauled before Judge Marten by deputy U.S. Marshals.

mloburgio 6 years, 10 months ago

The topsy-turvy state of Sam Brownback’s Kansas

“There seems to be a pattern here of suing voters when they express their preferences through elections,” said Sherriene Jones-Sontag, Brownback’s spokeswoman.

“Those who fail at the ballot box are turning to the courts to advance their agenda. We will uphold the law as written by the people who express their sovereignty through their elected representatives.”

First of all, the law in question was written by conservative Republicans who control the Legislature, not the people of Kansas themselves.

And beyond that, the U.S. system of checks and balances allows for a judiciary so that citizens can challenge laws written by elected officials that may be unconstitutional.

Brownback knows this very well. He is super enthusiastic about Kansas’ participation in a lawsuit challenging a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires everyone to purchase health insurance, starting in 2014.

Like it or not — and Brownback emphatically does not — the health care law was passed by a majority of the people’s elected representatives in Congress. But in this case he’s fine with “turning to the courts to advance (his) agenda.”

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

Kansas is in violation of federal law = Kansas must pay up! No preferential treatment!!

Perhaps it is time for voters to seek a restraining order asking that Gov. Brownback, the Lt Governor and all new appointees vacate the offices until further notice for a period of at least 3 years.

Why? Due to incompetence which in turn places Kansas Economic Growth in jeopardy, appears to not understand Federal Tax Dollar Laws and concern that abortion numbers will rise due to ignorance as to how various methods of birth control prevent pregnancy.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

The greater majority of Kansas voting taxpayers want public education fully funded with OUR tax dollars so where does it authorize Gov Brownback to do otherwise?

THE GOVERNOR is simply taking tax dollars away without providing hard evidence that money is NOT available. Can we believe politicians who are against Public Education?

Can we believe politicians who support turning our public school tax dollars over to private industry? This concept is not about saving tax dollars it is about recklessly spending tax dollars.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

"...And there is another type of Caps Lock user who doesn’t capitalize whole sentences but INSTEAD capitalizes a few SPECIFIC words for EMPHASIS. Now read a sentence like that aloud, shouting every time you come to a capitalized word, and tell me you do not sound like an absolute freakin’ lunatic. This method can turn even basic known facts into crazy-sounding gibberish (“The SQUARE of the HYPOTENUSE of a RIGHT triangle equals the SUM of the squares of the OTHER two sides”)...."

bklonnie 6 years, 10 months ago

Isn't it clear? Snap has a big crush on Merrill. :-)

KS 6 years, 10 months ago

You folks are so positive. :) It's just too bad that your glass is ALWAYS half empty.

wood451 6 years, 10 months ago

Planned Parenthood is using our tax dollars to operate with then they use our tax dollars to sue the State of Kansas for their action of withholding our tax dollars from funding their organization. Then the State of Kansas is defending themselves from those suits using our tax dollars. I think I'm going to stop working and being taxed. Then I'm getting on the wagon while the rest of you pull the wagon. I can live just fine on unemployment, welfare, social security and medicaid programs that are funded by your tax dollars. It all makes sense now.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 10 months ago

Social Security is funded by your tax dollars? YOUR tax dollars? OK I have to get up from the computer and back away slowly. I paid into that system for over 40 years (quite likely enough supporting your granny on it) and now when it's my turn you object and call it what amounts to an entitlement? Had I invested that same amount of money in a 6.8% long term investment account for the same amount of time I would either be a millionaire or broke as a joke because of the belly up from the stock market in '88. And again in 2009. And again NOW! SS was supposed to protect me from that happening. I now draw half of what I used to earn and I'm a "burden" on you? You're pulling my wagon????? No!!! If you are paying extra taxes because of SS it's to pay back the fund that held my money that the Federal government raided! Over and over and over again! You can call SS an entitlement when I get my money back! All of it! Plus interest!

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