INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has issued a permanent injunction
ending Indiana's two-year legal fight to deny Medicaid funds to Planned
Parenthood because it performs abortions.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in Indianapolis issued the order
Tuesday barring the state from preventing Medicaid enrollees from
accessing health care at clinics operated by Planned Parenthood of Indiana
Planned Parenthood, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, had
argued that a 2011 state law should be blocked because it probably was in
conflict with a federal Medicaid statute that protects patients' rights to
make their own decisions about health care providers.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Indiana's appeal in the case in
Indiana Planned Parenthood President Betty Cockrum says she's "pleased to
finally put this issue to rest."