Judge orders Mississippi to fund Planned Parenthood

Abortion | Planned Parenthood wins suit over law blocking Medicaid payments
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/21/16, 11:14 am

A federal judge Thursday blocked a Mississippi law that prohibited Medicaid payments to any healthcare provider that offers abortions.

Two Planned Parenthood affiliates in Mississippi filed suit against the law, which blocked all Medicaid funding, including payments for non-abortion services such as birth control, to any facility affiliated with an abortion provider. Neither of the Planned Parenthood centers that sued perform abortions.

Gov. Phil Bryant expressed disappointment in the ruling, saying, “I will continue to stand with the Legislature and the people of Mississippi who do not want their hard-earned money going to the largest abortion provider in the nation.”

Numerous states have worked to divert state funds away from Planned Parenthood, especially since the release of undercover videos showing the organization sold the body parts of aborted babies. Courts and the Obama administration are fighting back; in April, the director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter to all 50 states warning against cutting payments to Planned Parenthood for medical care because it offers abortion services. Bryant signed Mississippi’s law in May, and it went into effect in July.

Mississippi Medicaid records show that from July 2013 to August 2015, the program spent $439 with Planned Parenthood in Hattiesburg. The Mississippi lawsuit was the 17th one Planned Parenthood has filed since July 2015 to try to hold onto state funding.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled Thursday that Missisippi’s law violated the “free-choice-of-provider” provision of federal law. He pointed to a Sept. 14 ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked a similar law in Louisiana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  FreedomInTejas's picture
    Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 12:20 pm

    The judge? U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, nominated by President George W. Bush in April, 2006. With Republican-nominated judges like Jordan, why do Planned Parenthood leaders think they need the Democratic Party?


  • Joe
    Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 08:17 pm

    They don't.  The establishment Republicans have turned out to be just as corrupt and complicit in the decline of our country.  This is why Trump is just as much a pariah to the latter.

  • veritas's picture
    Posted: Sat, 10/22/2016 08:29 pm

    Is there no means to impeach the imperial judge? If not, then by what authority does an unelected judge have veto power over elected representatives? What happened to the idea of the government acting according to the consent of the governed? There MUST be a way to either get impeach or retire the judge or block money going to the child killers at Planned Parenthood.