Judge delays ruling on Planned Parenthood Kansas lawsuit

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Posted: Jun 07, 2016 5:55 PM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge is delaying a ruling on a bid by Planned Parenthood attorneys to prevent Kansas from halting the organization's Medicaid funding.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson didn't indicate after a hearing Tuesday when she might rule on the state health department's action, while a lawsuit by two Planned Parenthood affiliates proceeds.

Kansas has said it plans to cut off funding July 7 because the health provider performs abortions, though attorneys for the state suggested Tuesday it may not be until September to allow for an administrative appeal.

Federal courts have blocked similar attempts to cut off Medicaid funding in other states.

Planned Parenthood argues the Kansas is acting out of "animus" toward the organization.

The state calls court intervention premature because Medicaid hasn't yet been cut off.