August 23, 2011 — Lawyers at the Kansas Attorney General's office have asked a federal judge to clarify whether the state can make monthly payments of federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, the AP/Kansas City Star reports (AP/Kansas City Star, 8/19).
The state is pursuing an appeal of U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten's decision to halt enforcement of a new state law that would require Kansas to allocate federal family planning funding to public health departments and hospitals, leaving no money for Planned Parenthood and similar groups. Marten on Aug. 17 rejected the state's request to reverse the temporary injunction.
Marten's ruling orders the state to resume allocation of federal Title X family planning grants to Planned Parenthood clinics as it has for the last 25 years and as promised in the grant application Kansas submitted when requesting a five-year family planning grant (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/19).
A Planned Parenthood official has said that the state is acting improperly if it does not make the payments immediately, and the organization has estimated that it stands to lose $330,000 annually if the law's provision is enforced (AP/Kansas City Star, 8/19).