Appeal court: Louisiana can't block Planned Parenthood money
NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has lost another legal round in its attempt to take Medicaid funding away from Planned Parenthood clinics.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling ensuring that needy women can get Medicaid-funded non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood facilities in the state.
A three-judge panel upheld a preliminary injunction blocking the state's move to cut off funding. That move began under former Gov. Bobby Jindal. His effort followed release of stealth videos that abortion opponents claimed showed Planned Parenthood officials outside Louisiana sold fetal tissue for profit.
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the group's Louisiana affiliate, and three of its patients challenged the funding cutoff in federal court, saying the attempt to cut funding for the organization's non-abortion-related services was politically motivated.