Arkansas appeals ruling on Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

     (AP) – The state of Arkansas has formally appealed a federal

judge’s order preventing the state from blocking Medicaid funds to Planned

Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

The appeal was filed Monday by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office with

the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It claims U.S. District Judge Kristine

Baker did not follow the proper legal standard when she granted a preliminary

injunction preventing the state from suspending payments to Planned Parenthood

for any services to Medicaid patients in the state.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson last year terminated the state’s Medicaid contract with

Planned Parenthood. Baker ordered the state to continue payments for three

patients who had sued over the move, then expanded it to include anyone who

wants services from its health centers in Arkansas.


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