Kansas law limiting women’s access to healthcare foiled again

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Planned Parenthood isn't having the best year — threats to their funding, and even their right to stay open, have been hitting them from every which way. But we've got some temporarily good news, from Kansas of all places — Judge J. Thomas Martin struck down the proposed law that would limit any funding Planned Parenthood would receive to leftovers from public-health institutions.

If the law had passed, the Planned Parenthood location in Hays, Kansas, wouldn't have had enough money to sustain itself, and would have shut down. That particular location does not count abortions as one of its services; they provide birth control, cancer screenings, and breast exams for low-income patients, which is yet another sad reminder that cutting funding to the group might be intended as an anti-abortion move, but women needing basic health services are getting caught in the cross-hairs.

This isn't the first time a law has been introduced in Kansas to end funding for PPFA, and it certainly won't be the last. But hey, in this political climate (in Kansas), we'll take our wins where we can get them.