Today, Attorney General Jeff Landry instructed the State’s counsel to proceed with the appeal of Kathy Kliebert, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals v. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc.; Jane Doe #1; Jane Doe #2; and Jane Doe #3 and to respectfully deny Planned Parenthood’s request for an extension of the briefing delays. As Attorney General, Landry has the Constitutional authority and duty to defend all legal issues and cases in State Government.
“As I decide whether and how to proceed in all of the State’s legal actions begun under previous Governors and Attorneys General, I am making my decisions based on the best interest of Louisiana’s people,” said General Landry. “Today, in this particular case, it is in the best interest of our State’s citizens to protect the integrity of our Medicaid program by pursuing this appeal.”
“Justice is blind; no one, especially not Planned Parenthood, is above the law,” said General Landry. “Planned Parenthood should not receive special treatment. The State will treat them in the same manner as we do all other Medicaid providers.