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High Court Won't Hear Indiana Planned Parenthood Funding Case
The U.S. 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 justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting the state's appeal of a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood.
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 abortions.
The law aimed to deny Planned Parenthood funds from the joint federal-state Medicaid health program for the poor that are used for general health services including cancer screening.
Planned Parenthood says the ruling is a victory for women's health.
The case now goes back to federal court in Indianapolis to determine whether a temporary injunction blocking the 2011 law should be made permanent.
American Civil Liberties Union attorney Ken Falk says he believes the state will drop the case.
The Indiana attorney general's office didn't have any immediate comment.