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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ind. Decisions - More on: Indiana cert petition nominated as "petition of the day" yesterday by SCOTUSblog [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry (which includes links) from May 22nd, the SCOTUS has this morning rejected the State of Indiana's cert petition in Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. v. Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The AP reports:

The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions among its medical services. * * *

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state law targeting Planned Parenthood went too far. Indiana is among more than a dozen states that have enacted or considered laws to cut off taxpayer money to organizations that provide abortion.

From the ACLU news release:
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Indiana, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Planned Parenthood Federation of America initially challenged the law, HEA 1210, in 2011. The law would have prevented Medicaid patients from obtaining services at Planned Parenthood and other facilities that provide abortion care, and it would have penalized health care providers who perform abortions, even though they do so without using federal dollars. In October 2012, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the lower court injunction.

"This has been a long fight, but one that has been worthwhile because we've been fighting on behalf of our patients and their access to lifesaving, preventive care such as Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment," said Betty Cockrum, PPIN's president and CEO. "While the State has been trying to score political points and wasting taxpayer dollars, we've been standing up for the Hoosiers who count on us every day. We look forward to the day the preliminary injunction in this case becomes permanent."

"This dangerous law put politics above women's health," said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. "It effectively barred access to vital medical services, the lower court properly held it unconstitutional, and we are not surprised that the Supreme Court let that decision stand."

[Updated at 2:39 PM] Here is Eric Bradner's Evansville C&P coverage of today's action by the SCOTUS. And here is Tim Evans' story in the Indianapolis Star.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 28, 2013 10:39 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions