Federal Judge Restores Kansas Planned Parenthood Funds

In another legal victory for Planned Parenthood, yesterday a federal judge ordered that Kansas restore federal family planning funds to the organization while the case is being appealed. Planned Parenthood said it would be forced to shut down its clinic in Hayes on Friday unless it learned this week when it would start receiving its share of federal funds again. On Aug. 1, the same judge, Thomas Marten, temporarily blocked Kansas from enforcing a budget provision stripping Planned Parenthood of much of its funding. However, the state did not release the money. Planned Parenthood also said that without the funding, its Wichita clinic would not be able to continue offering discounted services to low-income patients.