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Federal Judge Rules to Restore Funding for KS Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday, US District Court Judge Thomas Marten ordered the state to resume federal funding for Planned Parenthood, with funding to be allocated on a quarterly schedule, and not a monthly schedule, as requested by the state. The ruling comes after Planned Parenthood indicated that it would close down its clinic in Hays, Kansas if the funds necessary to maintain the clinic were not restored by Friday.

On the ruling, U.S. District Judge Thomas Marten wrote, “Residents of Wichita and Hays, Kan., will be best assured of continued family planning services by maintaining the status quo.”

On August 1, Judge Marten temporarily blocked the enforcement of the Kansas law, which would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving $330,000 of federal money for fiscal year 2011-2012.

United Press International 8/31/11; Associated Press 8/30/11

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