Supreme Court Will Not Hear Planned Parenthood Funding Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would not hear Indiana's appeal of a ruling that struck down the state's law defunding abortion providers.

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The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear Indiana's appeal.

The U.S. Supreme Court will not consider an appeal in a case challenging an Indiana law that attempts to halt funding to abortion providers, the court announced Tuesday.

A U.S. District Court preliminarily struck down Indiana’s 2011 law keeping federal dollars from groups such as Planned Parenthood after the private health organization filed suit.

In October, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the same way, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal leaves the Appeals Court’s decision in place.

Indiana anti-abortion groups say the court system has failed the taxpayers by not upholding what American Family Association of Indiana executive director Micah Clark says is a policy statement from the state.

“I don’t believe anybody or any organization has a right to public funding so we would like to have seen the court review this and look at our policy decision, made by our legislators,” Clark says.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum says the law meant to stop money for abortions was only going to hurt low-income Hoosiers’ access to health care.

“This is about preventive health care, life-saving health care, breast and testicular exams, Pap tests, birth control,” she says. “It’s all about good, basic healthcare.”

The case now goes back to U.S. District Court for a hearing on the permanent fate of the law. A date for that hearing has not been set.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Junem

    “I don’t believe anybody or any organization has a right to public funding so we would like to have seen the court review this and look at our policy decision, made by our legislators,” Clark says. That means that he against any public funds going to charter schools, faith-based organizations, etc. Interesting. He has a lot of legislation (Federal and State) to overturn.

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