Eighth Circuit Rules Arkansas May Defund Planned Parenthood

In a 2-1 decision, the Eighth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Arkansas may legally defund Planned Parenthood.  The Court, which considers appeals of federal cases from mid-Western states including Missouri, stated that individual patients do not have a right under federal law to sue because they are unable to receive care at the medical provider of their choice. The decision is at odds with decisions of other federal appellate courts, setting up a possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more about this case here.