WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A judge has ordered Kansas to restore federal family planning funds to a Dodge City clinic that claims it suffered “collateral damage” from a new state law aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten granted the request Tuesday from Dodge City Family Planning Clinic, which has no ties to Planned Parenthood. The judge had blocked the law’s enforcement in August and ordered Kansas to keep funding Planned Parenthood.
The new law requires Kansas to allocate federal family planning funds first to public health departments and hospitals, effectively leaving no money for specialty clinics. Planned Parenthood and the Dodge City clinic argue Kansas cannot impose special restrictions on a federal program.
Kansas contends it has a sovereign right to decide how to distribute the federal money.