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Gov. Sam Brownback’s shameful attack on Planned Parenthood

Kansas cannot cut off Medicaid funding for two Planned Parenthood affiliates, a federal judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kansas, issued the temporary ruling in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and the organization's St. Louis regional affiliate.
Kansas cannot cut off Medicaid funding for two Planned Parenthood affiliates, a federal judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kansas, issued the temporary ruling in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and the organization's St. Louis regional affiliate.

As usual, the sun rose in the East this week. And, par for the course, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration again tried to unfairly punish Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

The governor carried out his threat to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to the group, which immediately and properly filed a lawsuit challenging that pitiful decision.

For years, the zealous anti-abortion forces in the Sunflower State have made it clear they don’t care that Planned Parenthood uses most of its money to provide needed, preventive health care for Kansans.

The “pro-life” crowd will continue to ignore the well-established facts — especially the one that Planned Parenthood agencies are not breaking the law and selling fetal tissues. The Kansas and Mid-Missouri chapter was specifically cleared of any wrongdoing by a state agency.

And Brownback and his ilk will use every trick in the book to abuse the public powers they have while trying to defy the law of the land — that abortion is legal in the United States.

We hope the courts reject the bogus reasons given by the Brownback administration to defund Planned Parenthood. The legal system must help make it possible for the group to continue providing health care for Kansans with these public funds.

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