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Attorney General Appealing Planned Parenthood Ruling

The state attorney general’s office appealed a ruling against a state law restricting abortion funding in federal court Monday.

Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood in June, temporarily halting portions of an Indiana law seeking to block federal funds from reaching abortion providers. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, also ruled against the legislation, and the state appealed that decision in June.

State Attorney General Greg Zoeller says further action determining the law’s validity should remain with the CMS.

“The proper place to argue this dispute is the federal government’s own administrative hearing process,” he said, “established for exactly this purpose.”

But Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum says the court’s decision so far supports Planned Parenthood’s legal actions.

“It’s pretty clear that the defunding had a dramatic and adverse impact on Planned Parenthood of Indiana,” she said, “and it absolutely makes sense for us to pursue relief.”

Planned Parenthood’s suit in federal court seeking a permanent stay of the law is on hold until the appeal is decided.

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