Planned Parenthood Ordered To Pay Kansas' Legal Costs for Appeals Case

May 2, 2014 — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a Planned Parenthood affiliate to pay Kansas $1,350 to cover legal costs from the organization's appeal of a state law that blocks federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood clinics, the AP/Topeka Capital-Journal reports (AP/Topeka Capital-Journal, 4/30).

Case Background

In 2011, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against a provision in the 2012 state budget that prevents the organization from receiving Title X federal family planning funding. The budget provision requires that the state's portion of federal family planning funds go to public health departments and hospitals.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Marten in 2011 granted Planned Parenthood's request to block enforcement of the law while the case proceeds. However, this March, a three-judge panel from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Marten's ruling and permitted the state to cease the funding to Planned Parenthood while the lawsuit continues (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/26).

The next step in the case is a telephone status conference on May 12 (AP/Topeka Capital-Journal, 4/30).