The Associated Press notes that Arkansas moved Monday as soon as a court decision was final to again follow Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s orders to stop providing Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
Poor women have received some $50,000 worth of medical services every year from Planned Parenthood. They’ll now have to look elsewhere and stop seeing their preferred doctor. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, overruling a district judge and departing from court precedent around the country, has allowed Arkansas to stop providing money to Planned Parenthood.
Hutchinson cut off Planned Parenthood because it is an abortion provider, though it receives no public money for that and provides only pharmaceutical abortions in Arkansas. He justified this by raising the dishonest claim that Planned Parenthood had operated unethically. This was based on the fact that some affiliates — not in Arkansas — had provided fetal tissue for medical research. No investigation has found impropriety by Planned Parenthood in this activity.
An appeal of the 8th Circuit ruling seems likely because of its conflict with other courts, but Planned Parenthood has said it hasn’t reached an appeals decision yet. It will continue to provide the range of medical services it offers, including contraceptive and health screening.