Allows termination of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program to proceed.

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit’s decision vacating preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued and allowing Arkansas's termination of Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid Program to proceed.

“The 8th Circuit rightfully agreed with me in my defense of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s decision to terminate the contract with Planned Parenthood after videos surfaced allegedly showing Planned Parenthood could be involved in selling aborted fetal body parts for profit,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Court found that Planned Parenthood and the three patients it recruited could not contest in federal court Arkansas’s determination that a medical provider has engaged in misconduct that merits disqualification from the Medicaid program.

"All patients should have access to ethical, quality and responsible health care, and should never be beholden to a company that is only seeking to protect its profits.”