Topeka — A federal judge has postponed the first hearing in a lawsuit over a decision by Kansas to deny family planning funds to a Planned Parenthood chapter.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten granted a request from the state's attorneys to delay the hearing, which had been scheduled for Friday. The state's lawyers said they needed more time to prepare.
No new date was announced, but the judge set a conference with attorneys next week.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed the lawsuit over a state budget provision preventing it from receiving $331,000 in family planning dollars. The money can't be used to finance abortion services, but a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park performs abortions.