Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to quickly rule in its favor and overturn a Mississippi law that bans Medicaid spending with any health care provider that offers abortion.
The women’s health group points to a recent ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld an injunction against a similar law in Louisiana.
The 5th Circuit also handles appeals from Mississippi cases, and its Sept. 14 ruling in the Louisiana case “controls this court’s decision on the merits of this case,” Melissa Cohen, attorney for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, argued in papers filed Monday in Mississippi.
Two Planned Parenthood affiliates that were previously eligible for Mississippi Medicaid payments for birth control and cancer screenings filed a federal lawsuit June 15 seeking to block the Mississippi law, which took effect July 1.