Chicago federal court to hear Planned Parenthood funding case

Planned Parenthood is appealing the decision to cut funding, after a law was passed regarding funds for abortion services.

Chicago, Ill.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana were in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago Thursday morning.  

The ACLU of Indiana, which is representing PPIN in its legal proceedings, presented its oral argument in the State of Indiana’s appeal of a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling in favor of a preliminary injunction that halted the enforcement of HEA 1210, the new state law that strips Medicaid funding from PPIN.

In June, the federal government decided Indiana’s state law on the funding actually violated federal law.

Indiana continued to withhold Medicaid funding, but a federal judge forced the State to restore the money to Planned Parenthood.

Pro-life advocates, as well as supporters of Planned Parenthood, have been vocal throughout the legal process.
 
“I think it’s unfortunate when you have a presidential administration that's pushing a pro-abortion agenda over the wishes of the state's legislative branch,” said Sue Swayze, Indiana Right to Life legislative director. “I think that's unfortunate. However it’s not surprising."
 
Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter issued this statement on today's hearing in the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Indiana's law defunding Planned Parenthood:
 
"Indiana Right to Life is confident that Indiana will prevail in defending the state's right to remove all state-directed funding from Indiana's largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood's refusal to separate its abortion operations from its other activities only serves to underscore that today's hearing in federal court is all about abortion and whether taxpayers should be forced to subsidize businesses that make millions of dollars from doing them."

Following Thursday morning’s oral arguments from both the ACLU and the State of Indiana, PPIN President and CEO Betty Cockrum issued the following statement:
“Despite what others would lead you to believe, this remains a battle where the biggest loser is the State of Indiana’s overall health,” Cockrum said.  “We’re fighting for our patients – many of whom are unemployed, underinsured or living in poverty – and their access to preventive care such as lifesaving Pap tests, breast cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing and treatment.

“Simply put, taking away our Medicaid funding means taking away lifesaving health care from 9,300 Hoosiers.  Not a penny of the federal funding we receive goes toward abortion,” Cockrum added.  “We remain confident we have a solid case, one that clearly shows how the state violated both the U.S. Constitution and federal law.  We look forward to proving it once again in the Court of Appeals.”  

A ruling on the State’s appeal of the preliminary injunction will be issued in the future and there is no set timeframe as to when the Court will make a decision.  

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