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Wed Nov 29, 2017, 09:00 PM

Court tie means Louisiana Planned Parenthood keeps funding

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A deeply divided federal appeals court in New Orleans refused Tuesday to reconsider a ruling that lets Planned Parenthood facilities in the state continue to receive Medicaid funding.

The vote was 7-7 among the 14 active judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which currently has three vacancies.

The money in question goes to health services other than abortion for low-income women. However, abortion opponents have opposed any government funding for the organization.

In 2015, then-Gov. Bobby Jindal moved to block the funding. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the group's Louisiana affiliate, and three of its patients challenged the funding cutoff in federal court.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Court-tie-means-Louisiana-Planned-Parenthood-12390200.php

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