Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday to attempt to block Gov. Bobby Jindal’s order to terminate his state’s Medicaid contract with the organization’s affiliates in Louisiana. …
The lawsuit, which also names three anonymous “Jane Doe” plaintiffs, who claim to be patients of PPGC who are covered by Medicaid, refers to the videos as “heavily edited and misleading videos that opponents of Planned Parenthood have recently released.”
As The Advocate reports, Planned Parenthood estimates that if the court does not block Bobby Jindal’s order, more than 5,200 patients in its Baton Rouge and New Orleans clinics will lose access to health care on September 2, when the 30-day notification period ends. Additionally, Planned Parenthood argues, should Jindal’s order be allowed to stand, its Baton Rouge facility could close its doors since 60 percent of its operating revenue comes from Medicaid funds.
Though the Louisiana Planned Parenthood facilities reportedly do not perform abortions, DHH has concerns the abortion organization “could be acting in violation of Louisiana law that states no person or group contracting with the state or receiving government assistance shall require or recommend that any woman have an abortion,” the Washington Times reports.
Medicaid provided the Louisiana Planned Parenthood facilities with $730,000 last year for their reported services.