Judge orders Jindal to restore funding to Planned Parenthood

Judge orders Jindal to restore funding to Planned Parenthood
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A federal judge has ordered Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal to restore state payments to Planned Parenthood, making Louisiana the second state blocked from defunding the group.

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U.S. District Judge John deGravelles ruled Thursday that Jindal couldn't cancel the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood over allegations the group is facing related to its fetal tissue donation program, according to The Associated Press.

Planned Parenthood clinics in Louisiana do not perform abortions and do not accept fetal tissue donations.

DeGravelles, who was appointed by President Obama last year, had previously delivered a temporary ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood. Jindal, who is running for president, has promised to continue fighting in court.

One day earlier, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) received a similar ruling from a federal judge who also rejected his argument for canceling the group’s Medicaid contract, which was also based on the fetal tissue donation controversy.

The Obama administration had previously warned states like Alabama and Louisiana that cutting off Medicaid contracts was likely against the law. Planned Parenthood launched lawsuits in those states shortly after.