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Appeals Court Hears Indiana Planned Parenthood Suit

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Indiana passed a law earlier this year that would prohibit state agencies from giving grants to organizations that performs abortions.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court in Chicago heard the lawsuit that Planned Parenthood filed over the Indiana law that prohibits government funding to providers of abortions.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana filed a lawsuit in May challenging portions of the Indiana bill, and in June, a federal judge temporarily struck down those portions. The state’s appeal of the judge’s decision led to Thursday’s hearing.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum issued a statement reasserting the position that the state has violated federal law in trying to defund her organization. She says the law would cut off critical health care to thousands of low income Hoosier women.

But the state maintains it does not want indirect government funding of abortion services. It also argues the proper venue for the disagreement is not between Indiana and Planned Parenthood, but between the state and the federal government.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not yet ruled on an administrative appeal by the state in the matter. The Circuit Court in Chicago did not provide a timetable for its decision.

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