Planned Parenthood Takes Alabama to Court over Medicaid

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Montgomery, Ala.
Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to stop Gov. Robert Bentley's administration from ending Medicaid payments to the organization's Alabama clinics.

A federal judge will hold a hearing Tuesday on Planned Parenthood Southeast's request for a preliminary injunction.

Bentley last month announced that he was seeking to terminate agreements that allow Planned Parenthood to be paid for providing services to Medicaid patients.

Bentley's action came in the wake of undercover videos shot by abortion opponents that accused the organization of selling fetal organs after abortions. Planned Parenthood has denied the accusations and said the videos are misleading.

Planned Parenthood says Medicaid patients have a right to choose their health care provider. A 21-year-old woman, who has received contraceptive shots from Planned Parenthood, joined the lawsuit against the state.