Judge Does Not Allow Arkansas From Blocking Planned Parenthood

Judge does not allow Arkansas to stop payments to Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood organization had a lot of issues this year.

A federal judge decided to prohibit Arkansas from blocking Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. Moreover, the U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker required the state to continue paying for services for three patients who had sued regarding this matter. The whole thing started when the Gov. Asa Hutchinson decided to end the organization’s Medicaid contract because of some secretly recorded videos regarding fetal tissue.

According to the judge, the decision will be applied for  any Medical patients who want Planned Parenthood.  She said that if she didn’t make that decision, the patients would be denied their choice of provider for family planning services. Suzanna de Bacca, CEO of Planned Parenthood said that this decision was a win for the Arkansans who rely on their program. However,  there are a lot of people who need Planned Parenthood for birth control or other health services such as cancer screening.

While some people think that this is a good decision and that individuals will have access to affordable health care, there are others who disagree with the order. They are still hoping that the Court of Appeals, which will decide the issues in this case, will have another opinion.

Arkansas is not the only state where people tried to stop the funds to Planned Parenthood. The issue was more difficult here because some videos were released from the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress. In those videos, it was showed how fetal tissue was sold illegally by using Planned Parenthood.

Of course, the organization denied any payments and said the videos were edited to make them look guilty. Moreover, the officials decided to no longer accept reimbursement for the cost of providing tissue for researchers. It seems that the issue is more difficult than it seems, especially because a lot of money are involved.

There are two sides to every story and we are expecting more information about this case, especially because the decision is not final.  Even if the judge decided to prohibit Arkansas from blocking Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood,  the decision can be changed by the Court of Appeals. What do you think? Did the federal judge make the right decision?

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