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Court affirms Planned Parenthood reimbursement comment (0)

June 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s effort to bar state-directed Medicaid funds from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers has met an apparent dead end.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused May 28 to review a lower court’s invalidation of a 2011 law challenged by Planned Parenthood, the country’s leading abortion provider. The high court’s refusal meant a ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals against a ban on Medicaid reimbursements for abortion providers will stand, but it also included a victory for pro-lifers. 

The action enabled a state ban on some federal block grants for abortion providers to continue.

The case will return to a federal court, which temporarily blocked enforcement of the law in 2011, for what is expected to be a win for Planned Parenthood and its allies, according to The Indianapolis Star.

While Planned Parenthood contends Medicaid funding goes toward non-abortion services, pro-life advocates say the money can be used interchangeably and frees up other funds for the organization’s abortion business.

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