The Planned Parenthood abortion business is fighting Arkansas again in an effort to continue receiving taxpayer dollars.
Arkansas moved to strip the abortion chain of taxpayer dollars in 2015 after undercover videos exposed Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trade. Planned Parenthood sued, but in November, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a victory to the state.
Now, the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Arkansas is trying again. The abortion chain submitted new arguments to a federal judge Friday asking her to block the state from cutting off Medicaid funds to its Arkansas facilities, Arkansas Online reports.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker is the same judge who blocked the state’s actions in 2015 and 2016. A panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals later disagreed, ruling that the state may block Medicaid funding to the abortion group.
Here’s more from the report:
In a memorandum filed Friday asking Baker to consider an injunction based on the constitutional claims in the lawsuit, attorneys for Planned Parenthood argued that the 8th Circuit didn’t consider whether the state likely violated the Medicaid Act, “but reversed solely because it found that individual Medicaid beneficiaries … have no private right of action to enforce their Free Choice of Provider rights.” …
The motion says the Arkansas clinics — one each in Little Rock and Fayetteville — and their patients will suffer “irreparable injury” without an injunction.
The abortion chain alleges that the state’s actions “both violate the equal protection rights of [Planned Parenthood] and [the clinics’ Medicaid patients in Arkansas], and unconstitutionally punish [Planned Parenthood Great Plains] for the exercise of its constitutional rights.”