Updated 7:00 p.m. 7/30/2013
In a statement released following the news of the injunction, Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter says, “The news of this agreement is not surprising, but it is disappointing. Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider, will continue to receive funds through the Medicaid program, effectively freeing up other monies to expand and support its abortion business.”
Fichter says the fact that Planned Parenthood still will not receive federal block grants administered by the state a “a small silver lining.”
Original Post 5:00 p.m. 7/30/2013
A federal judge put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood on Tuesday. The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.
Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood.
Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court. On Tuesday the judge issued a permanent injunction, ending the lengthy legal battle.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President Betty Cockrum says, although her agency continuously won victories in the case, the ultimate decision still comes as a relief.
“Hopefully it also serves as a statement that Planned Parenthood is in an important place as a healthcare provider in the state of Indiana,” Cockrum says. “One hopes that the legislature will figure out it maybe has more important things to do when it comes back in 2014.”
In a statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller says it was important and necessary to defend the legislature’s policy decision.
Zoeller says Indiana could have a chance to weigh in on the issue if legal challenges to similar statutes in other states come before the U-S Supreme Court.