Planned Parenthood filed a request in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop Oklahoma from blocking the nonprofit women’s health group from participating in a federally funded nutrition program for poor mothers and young children, says Reuters.
The state’s health department moved in September to terminate an 18-year contract with Planned Parenthood to administer the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, at three of its clinics in Tulsa County. Planned Parenthood contends the move was related to abortion politics.
Conservative legislators in more than a dozen states have pressed to eliminate government funding for health services offered by the organization because it also provides abortions. Oklahoma officials contended they ended the contract because of declining WIC caseload and high costs at the Tulsa clinics.