Planned Parenthood Drops Lawsuit After Being Stripped of Federal Funds in Kansas

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | May 13, 2014 | 10:12 AM EDT

The nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, has dropped its lawsuit against the state of Kansas after it was stripped of federal funding, and was ordered to pay $1,350 to cover the state's court docketing fees. Planned Parenthood was appealing a Kansas state law that blocked Title X funding to Planned Parenthood clinics in a provision to the state budget added in 2012.

Litigation on this issue first began in 2011, when Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against a provision made in the 2012 Kansas state budget which barred Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X federal family planning funding.

The state of Kansas argued that Planned Parenthood did not have a right to Title X funding. Title X money is barred from going to abortion. Title X is Federal funding so that low-income people may receive services like birth control, pregnancy testing, cancer screenings, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

From Topeka Capital-Journal:

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Elise Higgins said it will likely be later this week before any decision is made public about the affected clinics.

Court documents show those two nonprofit clinics were operating at a loss even before losing the $330,000 annual influx of funds from Title X, a federally financed family planning program.

The state law which has barred Planned Parenthood from receiving Federal funds was originally written by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) reports LifeSiteNews. "It's an exciting day for us. The way we approached it, there are a limited number of dollars, and we are going to focus them [on] organizations that help women and children."

Rep. Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told LifeSiteNews:

The state's strategy was effective because "nobody is entitled to the public treasury."

Huelskamp has long promoted defunding Planned Parenthood at the federal level. While this was a focus of the pro-life movement in 2011, currently much of the movement's political weight is behind a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation.

According to Huelskamp, "it's probably a shorter fight to defund Planned Parenthood than to enact the 20-week abortion ban."

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