Indiana's Law Banning Planned Parenthood Funding Invalidated

A federal judge has closed the door on a state law that would have prevented Medicaid recipients from accessing health care services at Planned Parenthood clinics.
July 31, 2013
 

A federal judge has closed the door on a state law that would have prevented Medicaid recipients from accessing health care services at Planned Parenthood clinics.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt made permanent Tuesday a preliminary injunction that halted implementation of the 2011 law.

The judge’s action came one day after the filing of an agreement between the state and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky that acknowledged the state cannot violate Medicaid’s “freedom of choice” provision.

The settlement strikes down key provisions of a 2011 law that, at the time, made Indiana the first state in the nation to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal money because it offers abortions.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.

More from Health & Human Services