Thursday, August 01, 2013

Indiana Loses War Against Poor Women Who Use Planned Parenthood

A judge has slammed the book shut on a two-year legal battle between Indiana and Planned Parenthood, ruling that the state cannot prohibit family planning clinics from accepting Medicaid funds. Former GOP Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law in 2011 that prevented Medicaid enrollees from using funds for routine procedures such as breast exams and STD testing at Planned Parenthood, which also performs abortions.

Tuesday's ruling means that Indiana has no more legal options to appeal—the Supreme Court has refused to hear the case. But if the high court agrees to hear a challenge to a similar law in another state, Indiana's zombie law could come back to life.

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