Louisiana tries to revive Planned Parenthood funding cut
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the state of Louisiana are trying to revive the state's Medicaid funding cut for Planned Parenthood clinics.
Earlier this month a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction blocking the cut, which would have kept needy Louisiana women from getting non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood facilities.
Now, the state has asked the full court to re-hear the case.
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration moved to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood following the release of stealth videos that abortion opponents claimed showed Planned Parenthood officials outside Louisiana selling 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.