Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said the kind of temporary restraining order Planned Parenthood was seeking is an extraordinary and drastic remedy. She ruled Planned Parenthood did not show there would be immediate and irreparable damage to patients if the stay was denied. Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum says the organization is now looking into other ways to accept Medicaid patients and expects a decision soon.
“There’s certainly a chance that we will have to decide that we cannot see Medicaid patients unless they are able to somehow pay for their services themselves,” said Cockrum.
Indiana Solicitor General Tom Fisher, the chief attorney for the state in this case, says he’s pleased the law will go into effect as the legislature intended. A hearing on Planned Parenthood’s injunction – which deals more broadly with the law – is scheduled for June 6.