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Abortion Patients Must Be Told 'Life Begins At Conception'

Indiana Medicaid patients will once again be able to get service at Planned Parenthood clinics after a federal judge halted enforcement on Friday of a new law that denied reimbursements to the organization. But according to the judge’s ruling, which will take effect July first, doctors will be required to tell patients seeking an abortion in Indiana that life begins at conception.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt restored public funding to Planned Parenthood in her ruling Friday, but she also partially blocked enforcement of new informed consent language for the state.  Under her preliminary injunction, doctors will not have to tell patients a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks or earlier, but they will have to say life begins at conception.  Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum said that while her staff may be uncomfortable with the law, they will abide by it.

“One thing that’s true, if you’re a health care provider," she explained, "is you have a whole world of protocols and procedures that you follow. Our staff’s pretty rigorous about that.”

Both the State Attorney General’s office and Cockrum say they plan to file appeals in U.S. Circuit Court – the state trying to restore portions of the law, Planned Parenthood trying to eliminate the rest of the informed consent language.

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