A unanimous State Supreme Court has sent back a case challenging the right of Planned Parenthood to get state family planning money. In returning the case to Cole County Circuit Court, the Supreme Court insists Attorney General Jay Nixon choose sides. While Nixon’s office has argued the state contracts with Planned Parenthood are valid, a special assistant hired by Nixon has argued Planned Parenthood has violated state law. That law requires family planning services be kept separate from abortion services. At the center of the issue is whether former State Health Director Maureen Dempsey complied with the law in writing the contract between the state and Planned Parenthood.
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