WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Attorneys have asked a federal judge in Kansas to fast track a dispute over the funding of Planned Parenthood so an appeals court can also rule on the latest legislation.
The dispute concerns a Kansas law requiring the state to first allocate some federal family planning money to public health departments and hospitals, which leaves no funds for specialty clinics.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten met briefly Tuesday with attorneys for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, the Dodge City Family Planning Clinic and the state of Kansas.
Marten ordered Kansas last year to keep funding the clinics until the appeals court rules.
All parties want the case expedited so the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has both the 2011 and 2012 statutes before it.
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