Planned Parenthood vs. The States: The Legal Battles Rage

I personally know people in 3 of the 5 states listed that are directly impacted by these legislations. It is a sad day in America when the rights of people are legislated away. The truth in the end will win, but unfortunately, so many people will be hurt in the interim. I hope local groups in these states are letting their legislators know how they feel.

The states launched an unprecedented avalanche of attacks against Planned Parenthood in their 2011 legislative sessions, but Planned Parenthood is battling back in the courts.

Eighteen states have passed one or more measures to limit the services the family planning provider can offer. Four are already facing Planned Parenthood in what promise to be lengthy and expensive legal battles to defend their right to enact those laws.

Legislators in five states -- Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, Wisconsin and Texas -- defunded Planned Parenthood in 2011 because some of its clinics provide privately funded abortions. Planned Parenthood attorneys challenged three of those laws in court this summer, and judges in all three states -- Indiana, North Carolina and Kansas -- temporarily blocked their enforcement, unanimously ruling that state governments may not punish a particular health provider for offering a legal, constitutionally protected medical service.

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