Indiana Judge Restores Planned Parenthood Funding... For Now

 Yesterday, after the Indiana legislature cut off funds to all 28 Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, a judge placed an injunction on the decision to block its enforcement.

US District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said that the law, which ripped funds away from women's health and Medicaid and was signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels, could not go into effect temporarily. "This decision means that Planned Parenthood of Indiana can once again be reimbursed for the preventive health care it provides its 9,300 Medicaid patients," the clinic said in a statement. Reuters:

"This is a positive step in what likely will be a long legal battle," said Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. "We are encouraged by the judge's ruling, but know our work is not yet done."

Planned Parenthood said the judge's ruling noted that public interest "tilts in favor" of granting the injunction because federal officials threatened partial or total withdrawal of all Medicaid dollars to the state, a loss of as much as $5 million if the law was enforced.

"If dogma trumps pragmatism and neither side budges, Indiana's most vulnerable citizens could end up paying the price as the collateral damage of a partisan battle," the judge said in the opinion quoted by Planned Parenthood.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 25, 2011, 5:42am

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