A Federal judge ruled that the Kansas statute that prevented groups like Planned Parenthood from receiving Federal funding was unConstitutional. The judge granted a request by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri for a temporary injunction to block the enforcement of the law, according to The Associated Press.
The law was designed to allocate Federal money to State health departments and hospitals first, leaving no money for programs like Planned Parenthood. The judge agreed with Planned Parenthood’s argument that the law was in violation of the 1st and 14th Amendments, which guarantee rights of association.
“The purpose of the statute was to single out, punish and exclude Planned Parenthood,” said U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten, reports the news source.
Several forms of anti-abortion legislation have been approved by Congress over the past several months, only to be blocked by judges. According to the article, one of the pieces of legislation would have put more stringent regulations in place for abortion clinics.