Rehearing sought in try to block Planned Parenthood money

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys for the state of Louisiana are renewing efforts to block Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

They’ve asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to hold a rehearing on the issue — noting that one judge on that court recently changed her opinion on the issue.

Last September, a three-judge 5th Circuit panel upheld an injunction preventing the state from cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. The money goes to non-abortion services for low-income women.

One of the three judges, Priscilla Owen recently changed her position, making it a 2-1 decision instead of a unanimous one.

The result is the same. But attorneys for the state noted Owen’s dissent Thursday in their request for a rehearing by all 15 judges of the 5th Circuit.

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