U.S. District Court Judge temporarily blocks Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

By Dave Andrusko

Judge John deGravelles

Judge John deGravelles

Citing “irreparable harm” to the giant PPFA affiliate, U.S. District Court Judge John W. deGravelles today blocked Gov. Bobby Jindal’s attempt to cancel Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s Medicaid contracts.

According to Louisiana Right to Life, deGravelles wrote that the administration unlawfully cancelled Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contracts. He issued a temporary restraining order effective today which will remain in effect at least two weeks, barring the Department of Health and Hospitals from withholding Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood.

“We applaud the Jindal administration for defunding Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast based on the millions they repaid in Medicaid fraud and also based on their own statements in the baby parts trafficking videos,” said Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper. “Instead of facing the evidence and appealing in the state review process, they resorted to an Obama-appointed federal judge.”

Clapper continued, “Our research shows that there are numerous low-cost women’s healthcare providers in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas that can meet the needs of Planned Parenthood clients. Our video on the NolaNeedsPeace.com website is just one presentation of the abundance of healthcare providers in the New Orleans area. Louisiana citizens do not need Planned Parenthood.”

Clapper concluded. “We are confident that the ongoing investigations and court proceedings will ultimately result in Planned Parenthood being exposed and defunded. Taxpayers in a pro-life state should not be forced to support an organization that profits off the destruction of unborn human lives.”