Friday, September 2, 2011

Kansas Judge Orders State to Fund Planned Parenthood

by Karla Dial, CitizenLink: Earlier this year, Kansas legislators approved a new budget that transferred taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood to family planning groups that don’t provide abortions. This week, a federal judge ruled the state has to fund the group — whether it wants to or not — at least until an appeal on the case is heard.

After Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Western Missouri complained it would have to close one or more of its Kansas facilities by the end of this week if it loses taxpayer support, U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled the state must keep making quarterly payments to the abortion group while its lawsuit over the new budget goes on at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Planned Parenthood says it’s being unfairly singled out by lawmakers who passed the new budget because it performs abortions.

Meanwhile, Kansas officials say they will not comply with Marten’s ruling because there are no voided contracts with Planned Parenthood to restore. It’s already shifted most of the $331,000 a year it was giving Planned Parenthood to other groups, via new contracts. Moreover, the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows states to determine which groups receive taxpayer dollars — not judges.

“This is a judge saying that the state has no right to contract with who they want to contract with,” said Mary Kay Culp, state executive director of Kansas for Life. “The state’s only obligation is to fill their duty to the federal rules that say it has to benefit family planning for the indigent.”

According to Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s court filings, the state is doing exactly that — just through groups that don’t perform abortions. Planned Parenthood “has made no showing, nor could it, that family planning services will not be provided,” he wrote.

Earlier this month, Marten placed a temporary injunction on the budget, agreeing that it “punishes” Planned Parenthood for its endorsement of abortion. Marten was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Kansas is one of several states that have defunded Planned Parenthood through various means this year. The others include Indiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

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Mickey D. Pendergrass said...

Insanity has totally taken over some federal courts and the executive branch of federal government! INSANE

Josh Mesker said...

Ridiculous. Unconstitutional. Evil.

Ashley Pelletier said...

I would like to see this Blog examine mayor Lisa Wong as she campaigns for another term in Fitchburg. She supports Planned Parenthood. All thoe who claim to be Christian should refrain from voting for her.