(LifeNews) — The Planned Parenthood abortion business is accusing Kansas of not complying with a judge’s order temporarily enjoining a new state provision prioritizing family planning funds to non-abortion agencies.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten issued an injunction preventing the state from enforcing the law after Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri argued that it would suffer irreparable harm if the law was allowed to stand and that it would be forced to close one or more of its facilities because Kansas would direct hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds to non-abortion medical clinics that provide the same services without also destroying the lives of women and unborn children in abortions.
The Kansas Attorney General’s office filed an appellate brief in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to halt the decision placing a temporary hold on enforcing the new law de-funding Planned Parenthood.
Today, Planned Parenthood CEO Peter Brownlie told The Associated Press that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri has not received any taxpayer funds from the state since the judge’s order and he says the abortion business is looking into legal options to force the state to comply.
“We and our attorneys are talking about what our next steps are,” Brownlie said. “The state’s refusal to comply with the court’s order is rather remarkable.”
AP tried contacting Judge Marten and appropriate state officials and received no comment from either on why Planned Parenthood has not received funding since the order. Kansas asked Judge Marten to suspend his order halting the law while the state appeals his decision and, on Wednesday, he refused to agree to the request. The state also filed two requests with Judge Marten yesterday, according to AP, asking that pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback be dismissed as a defendant since the suit targets Kansas law and not him and the state asked that the lawsuit be dismissed entirely.