Koch Bros. Lawyers Defend Move To Defund Planned Parenthood

Kansas is serious about permanently defunding Planned Parenthood. So serious, in fact, that it is prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars on lawyers to do so.

Last month the state passed a measure stripping Planned Parenthood of all funding over the straw-man argument of “taxpayer-funded abortions.” Planned Parenthood struck back, suing the state for improperly blocking the $334,000 in Title X family planning funds.

But rather than use the attorney general’s office to defend the suit, Gov. Sam Brownback has hired the white-shoe law firm of Foulston Siekfin, a firm who just happens to represent the billionaire Koch brothers.

“This is a state whose budget is in bad shape, run by Republicans who campaigned on fixing budget problems, and they’re spending thousands of dollars on outside counsel to keep Planned Parenthood from getting federal family planning funds,” said Peter Brownlie, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

Planned Parenthood is represented by a team of pro-bono attorneys in Washington, D.C. with one local Wichita attorney.

The economic waste generated by the Brownback administration’s assault on poor women is simply mind-boggling, especially in such bleak economic times. Brownback and other hard-right conservatives see no problem in wasting millions of tax-payer dollars on advancing a social agenda that is fueled by nothing more than a disdain of poor women and, in this latest move, have proven they no longer even care about keeping up appearances that these assaults are somehow tied to a legitimate fiscal agenda.

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192 comments

Sue H
Sue H15 days ago

The brothers and their lawyers need to mind their own damn business.

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W. C
W. C11 months ago

Thanks.

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William C
William C11 months ago

Thank you for the information.

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Edvanir L.
Edvanir L6 years ago

"This is a state whose budget is in bad shape, run by Republicans who campaigned on fixing budget problems, and they’re spending thousands of dollars on outside counsel to keep Planned Parenthood from getting federal family planning funds...”

Oh, they are so awesome, those Reps! See the suggestion some have made about the sequestration: Cut entitlement programs and every thing else even more and let Defense Department the way it is!

Budget only matter when it comes to government programs that tend to help the poor and medium class (vide student loans, public schools, health care).

Shame on them!


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pam w.
pam w7 years ago

Unbridled arrogance....enabled by Republican stooges who helped pass laws to recognize corporations as "citizens" with entitlements!

Pay attention people....if you vote Republican, you vote for these people. And YOU have become a stooge.

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Ellen M.
Ellen M7 years ago

Republicans are stupid, disgusting liars!

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Jerry t.
Jerold t7 years ago

Foulston Siekfin, Brownback? Sounds like terrible diseases.

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Robyn Cohen
Robyn Cohen7 years ago

This needs to be forwarded around so more people become aware of it. Spread this far and wide.

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SeattleAnn S.
Ann S7 years ago

Very two-faced Brownback. How did you fool voters when you waste their tax money like this instead of getting them jobs and helping their economy in these troubled times? What a jerk. The majority of Kansas voters seem to never learn with their history of electing officials who impede education and continuing to screw themselves over.

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Larry C.
Larry Cowden7 years ago

Sam is promoting his own personal agenda! There is no seperation of church and government with him. And the Koch brothers are the worst whores on earth! They will rape, pillage and rob society and sell their own mother into sexual slavery if they can make a buck!
Kansans need to wake up and vote a recall on this SOB before people die because of his mindless policies.

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