Kansas Ordered to Resume Abortion Clinic Funding

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Kansas law that would have stripped Planned Parenthood locations in the state of federal funding.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ordered the state to immediately resume funding for Planned Parenthood Monday, agreeing that without the injunction the abortion provider would suffer while the case works its way through court.

Kansas Planned Parenthood leaders claimed the law would force them to close clinics. They also said nearly 6,000 patients would face higher costs, have less access to services, and longer waits or travel times for appointments.

The state argued that public health providers could handle the extra patients Planned Parenthood claimed they would lose or inconvenience.

Monday's ruling is not a final decision and is only in place while the lawsuit is argued in court.

Planned Parenthood is hoping to block a state budget provision that requires federal family planning dollars to go first to public health departments and hospitals.

Abortion clinics say the provision leaves no money for Planned Parenthood and similar groups.

A temporary injunction was also issued by another judge in July against new licensing rules for abortion providers.

Kansas attorneys called the latest ruling unconstitutional because it replaces state discretion with a court's judgment.

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