WICHITA | A federal judge is fast-tracking a Dodge City clinic's request to join a challenge by Planned Parenthood to a new Kansas law stripping it of federal funding.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Thursday set a Monday deadline for all responses to be filed to the request by Dodge City Family Planning Clinic.
At issue is the new state law requiring Kansas to allocate federal family-planning money first to public health departments and hospitals, effectively leaving no money for clinics that offer family planning.
The Dodge City clinic has asked the court to order Kansas to release federal family-planning funding being withheld under the new law. Lawyers for the clinic say two employees haven't been paid since July and the clinic faces closing within weeks.