Judge Sets Hearing On Arkansas Defunding Planned Parenthood

Sep 14, 2015

A federal judge has set a Thursday hearing over Arkansas' decision to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Friday set the hearing over Planned Parenthood's lawsuit challenging Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to cancel the organization's Medicaid contract. The state's cancellation of the contract took effect Sunday, and Planned Parenthood says it'll affect Medicaid patients scheduled to visit its health centers starting Sept. 21.

Hutchinson terminated the contract in response to secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.

The state says Planned Parenthood received more than $51,000 in Medicaid payments in Arkansas over the past fiscal year for family planning and gynecological services. None of the money went toward abortions.

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