War On Women

Bobby Jindal Ordered to Restore Planned Parenthood Funding. Again.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A federal judge has, once again, ordered the state of Louisiana to restore Planned Parenthood's Medicaid provider contract.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles' order Thursday was an injunction that, in effect, extends a temporary order he issued last week protecting funding for 14 days.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and some of its clients had sued to block Gov. Bobby Jindal from cutting off Medicaid funding for cancer screenings, gynecology exams and other health services.

As you probably recall, the nearby state of Alabama was ordered to restore Planned Parenthood funding just two days ago.

These states cannot unilaterally cancel their Medicaid provider contracts with Planned Parenthood because Medicaid is a joint state and federal program with explicit governing rules that prohibit a state from discriminating against Medicaid providers.

You could say Louisiana has even less of a case against Planned Parenthood than most other states because Planned Parenthood clinics in Louisiana do not even provide abortions. Clinics in other states may participate in fetal tissue research programs which Republicans publicly object to, but clinics in Louisiana do not participate in any such program because they don't perform abortions.

Governor Bobby Jindal's nonsense won't hold up in a federal court room but he has vowed to continue fighting this war on women.

Jindal has vowed to challenge the judge's order in a federal appeals court. "We will appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit and we are confident that the court will reverse this ruling," his office said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood does not provide abortions in Louisiana, court records show.


  • muselet

    The District judge’s order was as predictable as the sunrise.

    Bobby Jindal’s reaction was as predictable as the sunrise.

    The Fifth Circuit might reverse the District court, but I wouldn’t put money on it. It’s only a 14-day extension, for one thing.

    I’m mildly surprised that Bobby Jindal’s approval rating in Louisiana is 27%.


    • Hemidemisemiquaver
    • JMAshby

      I believe the conservative 5th circuit would have the audacity to reverse the decision if clinics in the state performed abortions, but they don’t. There’s just nowhere to go with this.

      His approval is that low because just about everyone in the state has been shit on by his policies. The whole state is broke and the state university system came within a hair of declaring bankruptcy.

      • muselet

        The extension of a temporary order, especially for only 14 days, probably isn’t appealable. It’s unlikely the Gret Stet of Loosiana—as Ed Kilgore calls it—could even generate a meaningful appeal in so little time. Bobby Jindal is blowing smoke.

        Now, what the Fifth Circuit might do if John deGravelles issues a final ruling against Louisiana is an open question. I can imagine the judges doing all manner of contortions to rule against Planned Parenthood, but it would be a three-cushion shot.

        The big question is, what will the Supreme Court do with these cases?

        Just to clarify, I’m surprised Jindal’s approval is as high as 27%. Given the smoking ruin his policies have made the state, I’d have expected there to be a booming trade in tumbrels.


      • nathkatun7

        It’s a shame how Republicans, like Bobby Jindal, are never held accountable by the corporate media for their failures.

  • fry1laurie

    His state is already a financial mess, and Piyush is spending more money on this BS? Small government! Small government!

    • nathkatun7

      As much as they all pretend, and loudly proclaim, to hate government, Republicans love to run for government offices. A great many of the current crop of Republican presidential candidates have spent most of their lives in government jobs paid for by tax payers like you and me.

  • David Greenberg

    Is he even certified to be a human being. Both he and Carson need brain surgery if they really believe reps would ever nominate people of color for their candidate. Maybe they just need brain surgery anyway.

    • nathkatun7

      “Maybe they just need brain surgery anyway.”

      I think both Carson and Jindal, like Justice Clarence Thomas, are suffering from a psychic disease that can’t be cured by brain surgery. What they both need is shrink who can help guide them to overcome their psychosis of deep self-hatred.

  • Christopher Foxx

    and we are confident that the court will reverse this ruling

    All it would take to shred that is one reporter to challenge him on that and ask him “Why?”

    Fortunately for him, Jindal doesn’t have to worry about that.