By Elise Viebeck - 02/22/13 10:15 PM EST
"This case has never been about Planned Parenthood — it is about the women who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for quality, affordable preventive care. Eliminating Planned Parenthood as an option among providers only hurts women and families," Richards said in a statement.
Similar suits are pending in other states as anti-abortion-rights activists move to deprive Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funding. Texas went as far as to create an entirely separate healthcare program for low-income women that excludes abortion groups as providers.
Planned Parenthood performs about one-fourth of U.S. abortions, according to Reuters.