Federal Judge Grants Injunction Against Kansas Law Barring Funding for Planned Parenthood


A federal judge has blocked a new Kansas law that would strip federal family planning funding from a Planned Parenthood chapter in the state, reports the Associated Press.

The ruling was issued this morning by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten.

“Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri had argued that it would have suffered irreparable harm if a temporary injunction were not issued,” reports AP.

Planned Parenthood argued that the provision unconstitutionally imposes additional conditions of eligibility for a federal program that are not required by federal law and contended that as a result of the law it would be forced to close one or more clinics and raise fees.

The state claimed public agencies could handle those patients, though little evidence exists to show that is the case.

The state argued that an injunction would unconstitutionally replace the state’s discretion with the court’s judgment.

The judge apparently disagreed.

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  • crowepps

    Jody, the site comments were pretty much unusable the entire weekend, since the spammer showed up late Friday and posted pages and pages of junk disguised as ‘comments’.  Don’t know how expensive it is get Capcha or simliar anti-spam widgets, but it might be worth considering.

  • prochoiceferret

    Agreed. Also, comments on video articles don’t even have ratings widgets or “report” links.

    Captcha is one way to go. I imagine there should be Drupal modules that implement anti-spam heuristics, too (e.g. “user posts multiple messages with many hyperlinks in a short amount of time –> SPAMMER”).

    It would be nice if the “reported” comments were better monitored, too. I hope the reputations of those doing the reporting are taken into account, to better sort between real-spam-reports and fake-spam-reports.

  • jennifer-starr

    Amen. I’m more than willing to go through captcha if it means stopping these link/SEO  spammers.  These people are insane. 

  • crowepps

    Now you know what those “if you have a computer you can earn money working at home” ads are all about.  People who are living on very little, disabled, unemployed, or needing to stay home with their kids, going to site after site and getting paid pennies apiece to post idiotic advertising links in hopes of earning some very much needed money.  Personally, I think the ones who are insane are the organizers, who apparently think this is a good way to actually get customers.  I’d never click on a link for fear it was laden with viruses, so surely this doesn’t result in any actual sales.