Statement from Peter Brownlie, President and CEO
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri
Overland Park, KS – Today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment notified Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM) they will continue Title X federal funding to PPKM, complying with the order of U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten.
On August 1, 2011, District Judge J. Thomas Marten issued a preliminary injunction in Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri’s (PPKM) case seeking to prevent the enforcement of the Title X family planning defunding amendment passed in the Kansas budget during the 2011 legislative session and signed by Governor Sam Brownback. Among other things, the Court ruled the law is likely unconstitutional because it conflicts with Federal law governing Title X and was enacted for unconstitutional purposes. For more than 25 years, PPKM has been an integral part of the federal family planning program – Title X – providing life-saving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control and basic family planning to low-income and uninsured Kansas women, men and teens. The state was ordered to provide continued funding to PPKM.
Yesterday, Tuesday, August 30th, the Court affirmed its earlier ruling that the State of Kansas maintain Title X funding to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
We are pleased the State and Governor Sam Brownback have decided to comply with the Court’s order. This is a clear victory for the health and safety of Kansas women and families. The continuance of the Title X funding will enable our Wichita and Hays patients to receive services without interruption.
As the lawsuit continues to make its way through the Courts, ensuring every patient continues to receive affordable family planning services and basic preventive health care, without long-term interruption, remains our primary concern. We are disappointed the State continues to waste precious tax-payer resources on expensive private attorneys and other legal expense in their relentless effort to deny thousands of low-income women and families access to essential health services.