Judge denies Kan. plea in Planned Parenthood case

August 18, 2011 @

A federal judge will not suspend an order blocking Kansas from denying federal dollars to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services until the state has appealed his decision.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten, in Wichita, rejected a request from the state to stay his Aug. 1 order until the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decides whether to overturn it. Marten’s latest order was issued Wednesday.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed a lawsuit over a provision in the current state budget that prevents the group from obtaining federal dollars for family planning. Planned Parenthood expected to lose about $330,000.

Peter Brownlie, the Planned Parenthood chapter’s president and chief executive officer, said Marten’s decision isn’t surprising and said it suggests the state isn’t likely to succeed with its appeal.

“The judge’s decision was quite emphatic,” Brownlie said of Marten’s first order.

Read More at the Washington Examiner By John Hanna, Washington Examiner

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