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Supreme Court Will Not Hear Planned Parenthood Funding Case


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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.

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