Saturday, June 1, 2013

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Planned Parenthood

It appears that an Appeals Court ruling striking down an Indiana law blocking women in the state Medicaid program from obtaining preventive health care services at Planned Parenthood health centers will stand. The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to it. Jane Henegar, Executive Director of the ACLU of Indiana, was gratified by the Supreme Court's decision: “Federal law protects the right of Medicaid patients to choose a health care provider free of interference from the State.”

Governor Pence is not done with the issue, as reported by the Indianapois Star: "Gov. Mike Pence, a fierce opponent of Planned Parenthood during his time in Congress, said Tuesday that he’ll decide what to do after viewing his legal options. Pence said he’s disappointed in the ruling and he continues to feel strongly that taxpayers should not be required to support what he calls 'the largest abortion provider in America.'"

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