Federal Appeals Court Rejects Kansas Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by the Kansas legislature to prohibit state Medicaid funding from being used to pay for services at Planned Parenthood. Kansas terminated Planned Parenthood’s contract to provide family planning and other services for Medicaid recipients based upon videos that surfaced back in 2015 and due to Planned Parenthood’s failure to cooperate with Kansas authorities investigating Planned Parenthood’s disposition of fetal remains.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Medicaid patients have a right to select a medical provider of their choice, and that Kansas does not have the right to terminate the Planned Parenthood contract based upon performing abortion services it provides to non-Medicaid patients. The federal Hyde Amendment prevents Medicaid funds being used to pay for abortions, except in cases involving the life of the mother, rape, or incest.  

The Missouri General Assembly has defunded Planned Parenthood in the last few years by refusing Medicaid family planning funds and replacing them with state general revenue, thereby allowing the state to appropriate family planning funds to organizations not performing abortions.