Planned Parent patients support clinic during ongoing legal battle

Planned Parent patients support clinic during ongoing legal battle

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Against the wishes of Governor Bobby Jindal, some patients are rallying around what Planned Parenthood called Monday a great day for Louisiana men and women.

"I feel they're very accurate, everything's done correctly," said patient Sabrina Dixon, talking about her experience going to the Baton Rouge clinic.

Jindal's plans to cut Medicaid funding to Louisiana's two clinics will not happen at least for another two weeks, according to a federal judge. A judge ruled Planned Parenthood must stay funded for 14 more days while the legal battle over funding continues.

"It's the only place that doesn't give me problems with my Medicaid card," said Paula Brown.

Patients like Brown are supporting Planned Parenthood. Brown relies on the clinic for birth control.

"I don't believe in abortion, but I do want to protect myself so I can't have anymore children because I can't afford it," said Brown.

Following the morning ruling, Planned Parenthood said "This is a victory for the women and men of Louisiana." But the governor's office said the war is not over yet.

"We will appeal this decision and continue to fight to ensure Planned Parenthood no longer receives taxpayer funding," Communications Director Mike Reed said in a statement.

Gov. Jindal has the support of anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life.

"Taxpayers in a pro-life state should not be forced to support an organization that profits off the destruction of unborn human lives," said the group in a statement.

The group said Planned Parenthood patients can get services elsewhere. However, Brown and Dixon disagree, saying if the Baton Rouge location went away, they would see negative consequences.

"It would affect me tremendously," said Dixon. "A lot of doctors don't accept certain insurance plans."

While funding remains in place in Louisiana, Texas cut funding Monday for Planned Parenthood. Unlike Texas clinics, abortion services are not currently offered by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast at its New Orleans or Baton Rouge locations. But the group stated in a release that it is "building a new facility in New Orleans and plans to do abortions there."

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