Kansas seeks appeal costs from Planned Parenthood
Associated Press - April 4, 2014 6:23 pm
Kansas lawmakers are opting not to act this year on questions raised by an audit critical of the state's asset forfeiture laws. Instead, they are asking a judicial advisory group to review potential changes.
Kansas has asked a federal appeals court to award it the costs of its appeal against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
The state’s Friday filing with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeks nearly $1,530 for expenses such as transcripts incurred in the appeal.
The court ordered Planned Parenthood to respond by April 21.
The filing comes one week after an appeals panel ruled Kansas can strip two clinics of federal family planning money while Planned Parenthood moves forward with its challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights.
At issue in the case is money distributed to states under a federally financed family planning program. Kansas appealed a lower court’s order to fund the clinics until the case was resolved.