- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Planned Parenthood says it doesn’t believe a hearing is needed on its request to expand a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ decision to block Medicaid funds to the organization over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood on Thursday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to grant its motion seeking class-action status for its lawsuit challenging the termination. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in August announced he was terminating the contract over the videos.

The state asked Baker last week to reject the request, and asked for a hearing on the matter.

Baker last month issued a preliminary injunction ordering Arkansas to pay for the services for the three unidentified plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Her decision allows the state to ban the funding in other circumstances.


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