Planned Parenthood wins suit to block Mississippi law
A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that banned the state's Medicaid program from spending money with any health care provider that offers abortions. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed in mid-June by two Planned Parenthood affiliates. The law took effect July 1. Jordan said every court to consider similar laws has found they violate the "free-choice-of-provider" provision of federal law. Medicaid is paid by federal and state dollars.