Indiana was the first state to try and de-fund Planned Parenthood and other health providers that perform abortions.
Consequently, Indiana was the first state to try and take its controversial case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“They say that the money that is provided through Medicaid for example does not pay for abortion but any money that goes to an organization that provides abortion is going, going to free up other money to support their abortion business,” said Tom Gill, President of St. Joseph County Right to Life.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court flat out refused to hear Indiana’s arguments why Planned Parenthood should be banned from serving Medicaid patients.
“Their whole argument is that because we get federal family planning funds, there is in some way assistance for providing abortions, which is simply not true,” said Betty Cockrum, President of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. “The Hyde amendment makes it very clear that there's no federal money available for abortion.”
Planned Parenthood of Indiana provides a host of health services, from breast exams to STD tests, but because abortion is on the list, Indiana tried to block Planned Parenthood from continuing to serve Medicaid patients.
“It wasn't going to stop abortions but it was certainly going to stop forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions,” said Tom Gill. “We’re really disappointed that the Supreme Court decided not to take the case of de-funding Planned Parenthood in Indiana.”
The supreme court’s stance leaves intact a lower court’s preliminary injunction that blocks the law from being enforced.
Planned Parenthood will now go back to that lower court and seek to have the injunction made permanent.
“We would all chose to see fewer abortions and that gets accomplished through education and access to birth control, it does not get accomplished by messing with Planned Parenthood, or by reducing access to birth control,” said Betty Cockrum.
Planned Parenthood has been targeted for de-funding by other states like Tennessee, North Carolina and Kansas.