Judge ends Indiana-Planned Parenthood battle

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS 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 and Kentucky.

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 May.

Indiana Planned Parenthood President Betty Cockrum says she's "pleased to finally put this issue to rest."

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