Archive for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds

March 25, 2014


— An appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s order that forced Kansas to keep funding two family planning clinics despite a state law aimed at stripping a Planned Parenthood chapter of federal money.

At issue in Tuesday’s ruling is money distributed to states under Title X, a federally financed family planning program. A Kansas law requires the state to first allocate the Title X money to public health departments and hospitals, which leaves no funds for specialty family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood.

A lower court had ruled that Kansas couldn’t take the money away from Planned Parenthood.

But a divided federal appeals court in Denver overturned that ruling, rejecting Planned Parenthood’s claims that losing the money amounted to a violation of free-speech rights for associating with abortion providers.


Chris Bohling 1 year, 6 months ago

Can someone explain to me how it is that the state gets to decide how federal money is spent in this case? I'm confused.

James Howlette 1 year, 6 months ago

I think the argument is that if the money goes to hospitals and public health departments first, it isn't specifically targeting Planned Parenthood, even though it totally is.

Douglas Thompson 1 year, 6 months ago

Chris, it is very common for federal funds to be allocated to the States for distribution via their criteria under the guidelines of the federal program. Medicaid is a perfect example.

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