A Baton Rouge federal judge has indefinitely extended his previous order blocking the Jindal administration from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
U.S. District Judge John deGravelles, who issued a temporary restraining order against the state health department on Oct. 18, converted that order to a preliminary injunction late Thursday.
The judge stated the new order will remain in effect until it is revised, if at all, by him or by a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
On Wednesday, a federal judge in Alabama blocked that state’s efforts to end Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
Both Louisiana and Alabama want to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood clinics in their states, citing hidden camera footage shot by anti-abortion activists that implied some clinics were selling fetal tissue to researchers.
In the Louisiana case, deGravelles has said more than 5,000 poor and needy women rely on the group’s clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for medical care.
Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions in Louisiana.
The Jindal administration has pledged to continue its fight to defund Planned Parenthood.