Planned Parenthood filing suit involving state budget

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Attorneys for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri are asking a federal judge to require Kansas to pay the group quarterly with federal funds for non-abortion services.

Planned Parenthood has filed suit to block a provision of the state budget aimed at preventing the organization from receiving any of the state’s share of federal family planning dollars.

Monday’s filing in Wichita asks U.S. District J. Thomas Marten to require the state to make payments to the group as it has previously. The brief was filed in response to a request by the state that it pay Planned Parenthood monthly and only for services provided.

The state also is asking Planned Parenthood to post a bond should Kansas prevail in the suit and recover funds.

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