(Image source: Indiana Public Media / Paul Sableman)
BY COLLIN RUANE
As the Supreme Court gears up to hear several high-profile cases in the coming weeks — it has decided it won’t hear a case from the state of Indiana which aims to stop $2 to $3 million in tax money from going to Planned Parenthood.
It all stems from a 2011 law signed by Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels which barred Medicaid recipients from getting reimbursed for services at Planned Parenthood including STD tests and cancer screenings. (Via WTVW)
Leaders in the state said that’s because some clinics within the state offered abortion services — something the Governor and many state leaders didn’t support. (Via KMPH)
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law last October after a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union. (Via The Huffington Post)
It’s already illegal for government subsidies to pay for abortion services at clinics including Planned Parenthood — but USA Today notes the Indiana law did more than just that.
“While federal law blocks the use of government funds to perform most abortions, the Indiana ban went further by denying Medicaid funds for other purposes as well.”
The president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund released a statement after the ruling — showing her support for the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case. “Politicians in all 50 states should take note: blocking Planned Parenthood from funding to provide preventive health care is both unlawful, and deeply unpopular." (Via ThinkProgress)
But a leader from Indiana Right to Life told reporters this ruling is only the beginning. He said, “We're not giving up on this fight at all.” (Via OneNewsNow)
This comes at a time when Indiana’s abortion numbers have hit a low. According to a 2012 Indiana Public Media article, the number of abortions in the Hoosier state is at its lowest since 1977.
Bloomberg notes Indiana is only one of some states which have rules to “stop oblique subsidies of abortion.” Excluding Indiana, virtually a dozen different states even have strict regulations protecting executive funding faraway from teams like Deliberate Parenthood.
In keeping with Deliberate Parenthood, one-fifth of all girls will seek advice from its clinics at the least as soon as of their lifetime.