Alabama Settles Planned Parenthood Lawsuit, Will Pay Legal Fees

| by Sean Kelly
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On Nov. 30, Alabama ended a legal battle with Planned Parenthood following a lawsuit over the state's attempt to defund the reproductive health organization.

“Alabama women will continue to be able to access care at Planned Parenthood using their Medicaid coverage,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement, reported the Montgomery Advertiser. “The courts have made it clear across the country that these are losing battles that ultimately waste resources and harm patients."

The lawsuit was brought on by Planned Parenthood after Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tried to end its Medicaid contract, which was worth about $4,453 in the 2013 and 2014 fiscal year.

“Let it be known to politicians and extremists who are doubling down on their efforts to target care at our health centers — Planned Parenthood will continue to stand up and protect our patients," Planned Parenthood added in the statement following its legal victory.

The state agreed to pay more than $51,000 in legal fees when settling the suit as well as to continue funding the organization. This comes after the judge ruled against the state in October. In the ruling, the judge said that by defunding Planned Parenthood, Alabama was depriving Medicaid patients of the health care provider of their choice.

“This is an important victory for our patients in Alabama who will be able to keep getting high-quality health care and would have suffered if the state had pushed forward with this political agenda,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement.

Sources: Montgomery Advertiser, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Planned Parenthood/Instagram