Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Kansas family planning clinics have asked a federal judge to issue another injunction to prohibit the state from cutting off their funding.
Dodge City Family Planning Clinic filed the request Tuesday just days after Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed a similar motion. Planned Parenthood operates clinics in Wichita and Hays.
The dispute concerns a Kansas law requiring the state to first allocate some federal family planning money to public health departments and hospitals, which leaves no funds for specialty clinics.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ordered Kansas last year to keep funding the clinics pending the litigation's resolution.
The moves come as the parties expedite the dispute so the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has both the 2011 and 2012 statutes before it when it rules.