Planned Parenthood drops Kansas funding challenge

(AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)
(AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri has dropped its legal challenge to a Kansas law that stripped two of its Kansas clinics of federal money for family planning.

The organization filed a stipulation of dismissal Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas.

An appeals court ruled in March that Kansas could strip clinics in Wichita and Hays of the funds while Planned Parenthood pressed its lawsuit contesting a state law it calls retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights.

Friday’s filing ends the litigation.

Kansas is among several states that have sought to defund Planned Parenthood. The federal family planning money targets low-income people seeking reproductive services such as birth control, pregnancy testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. The funds cannot be used for abortions.

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