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Planned Parenthood Litigation

A number of states have taken steps to eliminate Planned Parenthood's eligibility for federal Medicaid funding for non-abortion reproductive health care. Even though taxpayer dollars cannot pay for abortions, the states argue that Planned Parenthood’s overall programs--which include both abortion and non-abortion services--should make it ineligible for Medicaid for any service it provides.

The result has been litigation in many states; these cases are tracked on this special page.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Planned Parenthood Center for Choice v. Abbott
1:20-cv-00323 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 03/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
State of Texas
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0016
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: On March 25, 2020, Planned Parenthood filed this suit challenging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's interpretation of Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order. The Attorney General singled out abortion providers and suggested that he believed the provision of nonemergency abortions would violate the Executive Order. On March 30, ... [view]
2 Robinson v. Marshall
2:19-cv-00365-MHT-JTA (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/24/2019 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Attorney General
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0019
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, on March 27, 2020 the State Public Health Officer issued an emergency order restricting any medical or surgical procedure except those necessary to treat an “emergency medical condition,” including abortion. On March 30, the plaintiffs challenged the Order and requested an emergency ... [view]
3 Preterm-Cleveland v. Attorney General of Ohio
1:19-cv-00360 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 05/15/2019 - Case Ongoing
Ohio Department of Health
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-OH-0013
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an ongoing lawsuit regarding Ohio state legislation that would criminalize certain abortions that was amended to include a request for relief in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order against the Department of Health's order which had banned all "non-essential surgeries and procedures" ... [view]
4 State of New York v. Dept. of Health and Human Servs.
1:19-cv-05435-PAE (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Speech and Religious Freedom
Public Accomm./Contracting
FA-NY-0009
Coding Complete
This suit consolidates a number of challenges to a rule from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allows healthcare providers to refuse medical treatment or services that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs. Based on an 2017 executive order by President Trump and a memorandum from then Attorney General Jeff ... [view]
5 Planned Parenthood Arizona Inc. v. Betlach
2:16-cv-02337-ROS (D. Ariz.)
Filed 07/14/2016 - Closed 2016
Arizona Health Care Containment System
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AZ-0005
Coding Complete
On July 14, 2016, two health care clinics, an Arizona obstetrician-gynecologist, and five Arizona Medicaid patients filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the Arizona Health Care Containment System under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the federal Medicaid statute and the ... [view]
6 Planned Parenthood Southeast v. Dzielak
3:16-cv-00454-DPJ-FKB (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 06/15/2016 - Case Ongoing
Mississippi Division of Medicaid
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MS-0007
Coding Complete
On June 15, 2016, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. (PPSE), Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, Inc. (PPGMR), and a Mississippi Medicaid patient filed this lawsuit in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiffs sued the Mississippi Division of Medicaid under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging violations of the Medicaid ... [view]
7 Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. v. Philip
4:16-cv-00321-RH-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/02/2016 - Closed 2017
Florida Department of Health
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-FL-0020
Coding Complete
On June 2, 2016, two Florida Planned Parenthood clinics filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs sued the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the Due Process and Equal Protections Clauses of the ... [view]
8 Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Hodges
1:16-cv-00539-MRB (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 05/11/2016 - Closed 2019
Ohio Department of Health
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-OH-0010
Coding Complete
On May 11, 2016, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio filed this lawsuit in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs sued the Ohio Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief to ... [view]
9 Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Mosier
2:16-cv-02284-JAR-GLR (D. Kan.)
Filed 05/04/2016 - Closed 2019
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-KS-0002
Coding Complete
On May 4, 2016, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPGP), Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region (PPSLR), current and former employees of Planned Parenthood, and Kansas Medicaid patients filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiffs sued the Kansas Department of Health and ... [view]
10 Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas v. Smith
1:15-cv-01058-SS (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 11/23/2015 - Case Ongoing
Health and Human Services Commission
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0013
Coding Complete
On November 23, 2015, five Texas Planned Parenthoods (provider plaintiffs) and ten Medicaid patients of Planned Parenthood (patient plaintiffs) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The plaintiffs sued the Executive Commissioner and the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) ... [view]
11 Planned Parenthood Association of Utah v. Herbert
2:15-cv-00693-DB (D. Utah)
Filed 09/28/2015 - Closed 2017
Utah Department of Health
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-UT-0004
Salt Lake County
Coding Complete
On September 28, 2015, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU), represented by private counsel, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. Court for the District of Utah. The plaintiff sued the Utah Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory ... [view]
12 Planned Parenthood of Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma Inc. v. Gillespie
4:15-cv-00566-KGB (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 09/11/2015 - Case Ongoing
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AR-0006
Coding Complete
On September 11, 2015, two Planned Parenthood clinics and three Arkansas Medicaid patients filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, for violations of the Medicaid Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to ... [view]
13 Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley
2:15-cv-00620-MHT-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 08/28/2015 - Closed 2015
Alabama Medicaid Agency
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0015
Coding Complete
On August 28, 2015, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. (PPSE) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. PPSE sued the Governor of Alabama and the Alabama Medicaid Agency under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the Medicaid Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States ... [view]
14 Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. v. Kliebert
3:15-cv-00565-JWD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 08/25/2015 - Closed
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-LA-0007
Coding Complete
On August 25, 2015, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) and three Louisiana Medicaid patients filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs sued the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the Medicaid Act and the First and Fourteenth ... [view]
15 Adams & Boyle v. Slatery
3:15-cv-00705 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 06/25/2015 - Case Ongoing
Attorney General of Tennesse
Tennessee
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TN-0008
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In light of COVID-19, the Governor of Tennessee issued an executive order limiting "non-emergency" health care procedures, including all abortions except for medication abortion. The plaintiffs amended supplemented their complaint to address the order. The district court enjoined the defendants from enforcing the order on April 1 ... [view]
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