SCOTUS is punting on the 7th Circuit’s block on Indiana’s law stripping Planned Parenthood of funding, meaning the block will remain:
The 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 abortion.
So that’s some good news, at least.
The case now goes back to federal court in Indianapolis to determine whether a temporary injunction blocking the 2011 law should be made permanent.
But American Civil Liberties Union attorney Ken Falk says he believes the state will drop the case.
Falk says the court decisions have held that Indiana can’t deny women the right to choose their own medical providers. The state Legislature tried to deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions.
Meanwhile, about a dozen other states will keep engaging in these particular acts of coitus with all available domestic poultry at taxpayer expense, including apparently Ohio (now under total GOP control, mind you.)