Arkansas cut off tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to the abortion chain Planned Parenthood last week after winning a lengthy legal battle.
Lawmakers in Arkansas voted to defund the abortion chain of Medicaid dollars in 2015 after a series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood potentially illegally selling aborted baby body parts. However, abortion activists challenged the law.
The case made its way to a panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the state could defund Planned Parenthood. The abortion group appealed to the full court, but the court refused to hear the case, allowing the ruling to stand.
On Monday, the state Department of Human Services said it ended the abortion chain’s Medicaid provider status last week, the AP reports. This means Planned Parenthood facilities in Arkansas no longer will receive tax dollars through Medicaid.