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November 17, 2015

High Court Won't Hear Planned Parenthood Open-Records Case

The Supreme Court said Monday that it would not take up a New Hampshire anti-abortion group's suit seeking access to a Planned Parenthood affiliate's financial records, reports The New York Times. The decision lets stand a lower-court ruling that the women's health nonprofit can shield the documents under an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act for "privileged or confidential information" such as trade secrets or financial data.

New Hampshire Right to Life filed the FOIA request for documents — including records on medical standards, fees, and personnel policies — that Planned Parenthood of Northern New England supplied to the U.S. government in successfully applying in 2011 for federal funding. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood can "engage in commerce as that term is ordinarily understood" and can thus possess protected commercial information.