Judge Orders Arkansas to Pay Planned Parenthood for Treatment of Three Patients

A judge has ordered the state of Arkansas to continue payments to Planned Parenthood on behalf of three Medicaid patients who sued the state after Gov. Asa Hutchinson attempted to defund the organization.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction mandating that the state continue to pay for three unidentified women—referred to as Jane Does in court documents—to receive family planning services at Planned Parenthood. She said that if the women went without Planned Parenthood’s services, they would “incur irreparable harm,” Reuters reported.

Hutchinson, a Republican, said in a statement that “the Court’s ruling is limited to three individuals.”

“The decision allows the state to prohibit Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood in all other circumstances,” Hutchinson said. “It is my intent to direct DHS to prohibit funding to Planned Parenthood consistent with the Court’s ruling.”