LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied Arkansas' attempt to challenge an order expanding the lawsuit over the state's decision to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the state's petition for permission to appeal U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker's order granting class certification to the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Planned Parenthood has said it plans to ask Baker to expand her October decision temporarily blocking the state from denying Medicaid funds for the three unnamed women suing the state.
The state asked the panel to suspend the lawsuit while it takes up the challenge to the class certification.
Arkansas terminated Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.