A judge has ruled that Planned Parenthood’s designation as a “family planning provider” for South Carolina’s Medicaid program does not mean that state funding is being used to pay for abortions.
U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis made the ruling in an 18-page decision granting Planned Parenthood a temporary injunction against a July order issued by Republican Gov. Henry McMaster.
In July, McMaster issued the order in an explicit attempt to deprive the controversial abortion provider of state funds.
All three of South Carolina’s abortion facilities–two of which are operated by Planned Parenthood– were covered by his order, which stated that these locations were “unqualified” to provide family planning services.