Louisiana files response to Planned Parenthood lawsuit
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration tells a federal judge Louisiana can boot Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program.
Lawyers for Jindal health secretary Kathy Kliebert filed documents in advance of a Wednesday court hearing. The documents argue Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast shouldn't be given a restraining order to block Jindal's efforts.
The Jindal administration says Planned Parenthood improperly filed a lawsuit when it should have complained to the federal Medicaid agency. The administration also says Planned Parenthood agreed in its state contracts that it could be ousted from the program at-will by Louisiana officials.
Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, announced this month he was cutting off the funding. Planned Parenthood says the move will limit health services in violation of federal law.
The Medicaid payments are set to end Wednesday.