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Kelly stops Kansas effort to defund Planned Parenthood

May 22, 2019 - 7:09 pm

The State of Kansas is no longer opposing Planned Parenthood after the origination sued the state when a former administration vowed to defund the organization.  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment notified the organization in May 2016 that its Medicaid contract would be ending.

A Kansas City public radio station reports records it obtained through an open records request show the state paid three East Coast law firms to defend its case for nearly three years before Gov. Laura Kelly's administration dropped the effort in April.

Invoices from the law firms show Kansas paid at least $899,000, along with redacted descriptions of what services the attorneys performed.

Health department attorney Katelyn Radloff said the redacted information involved the attorney-client privilege exception to the Kansas Open Records Act.

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