Federal judge blocks measure targeting Planned Parenthood
A federal judge in NC's Middle District has issued a temporary injunction staying a state-mandated block to public funding for NC's Planned Parenthood clinics.Posted — Updated
A federal judge in NC's Middle District has issued a temporary injunction staying a state-mandated block to public funding for NC's Planned Parenthood clinics.
Republican legislative leaders said the block was necessary because Planned Parenthood is the leading provider of abortions in North Carolina. But existing law already specifies that taxpayer dollars cannot be used to subsidize abortions.
The state and federal funding that Planned Parenthood receives is earmarked for family planning, primary health care for low-income women, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
Democrats who opposed the budget provision said it would make health care less accessible to low-income women in many areas of North Carolina. Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, even suggested the provision might be unconstitutional because it singles out one entity - Planned Parenthood - for legal action. Beaty agreed with both those assertions in his ruling.
Planned Parenthood of North Carolina sued to block the provision in federal court in July, saying its free-speech rights were being violated.
The ruling follows similar injunctions by judges in Indiana and Kansas, where GOP legislatures approved similar provisions cutting off Planned Parenthood's funding. Both states say they'll appeal the ruling.