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Archive for Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Federal judge orders Kansas to fund clinic

October 18, 2011

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— A judge has ordered Kansas to restore federal family planning funds to a Dodge City clinic that claims it suffered "collateral damage" from a new state law aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten granted the request Tuesday from Dodge City Family Planning Clinic, which has no ties to Planned Parenthood. The judge had blocked the law's enforcement in August and ordered Kansas to keep funding Planned Parenthood.

The new law requires Kansas to allocate federal family planning funds first to public health departments and hospitals, effectively leaving no money for specialty clinics. Planned Parenthood and the Dodge City clinic argue Kansas cannot impose special restrictions on a federal program.

Kansas contends it has a sovereign right to decide how to distribute the federal money.

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classclown 2 years, 6 months ago

Out of curiosity, what is to prevent the state from simply saying "No thank you" to the federal funds in the first place and telling the feds if they want to dictate who gets the money, than the feds can just issue the money to whichever clinics they choose themselves rather than expect the state to do it?

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 6 months ago

Fund all of them or none of them. Just like the sprinkler systems paid for by the city downtown. If they are going to fund the installation of the sprinkler system for the vendor next door, then they should pay for mine.

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thinkagain 2 years, 6 months ago

And there are certainly Methodist Churches that, through partnerships with other organizations, receive federal funding to fund programs they support.

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Jeff Zamrzla 2 years, 6 months ago

no, but the state cannot direct federal dollars in a biased manor. this is so biased and if you can't see it, then you must tilt pretty far to the right.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 6 months ago

How can the feds, no matter what side of the isle you are on, mandate the funding of a non-profit? The feds don't fund non profits like the Eagles club, or the Methodist Church.

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