Missouri Planned Parenthood does not have to repay Family Planning funds to the state, about $900,000 it should not have received. That’s the decision of the Missouri Supreme Court, which overturned a judge’s ruling who said the abortion business owed the money. County Circuit Judge Moentmann ruled in June of last year that a prohibition on state family planning dollars going to affiliates of abortion businesses was constitutional.
He said the state Health Department wrongly awarded the money to PP despite language in the state budget preventing family planning dollars from going to abortion facilities. But the state’s high court reversed him Tuesday on a 4-3 ruling.
The high court said there was no legal ground to justify making Planned Parenthood pay back the taxpayer money. [LifeNews.com 10 Aug06]