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Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. v. Commissioner of Indiana State Department of Health

Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. v. Commissioner of Indiana State Department of Health

Federal court challenge to an Indiana state law that aimed to defund family planning programs in Indiana on the basis that state taxpayer money could be used to support abortion services. The case also challenged portions of the law that require providers to give women seeking abortions biased information about fetal pain and when life begins. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a temporary injunction barring the state from enforcing the funding provision and the fetal pain provision but denied the temporary injunction for the remaining challenged provision. The state appealed the funding injunction to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Current Status: In October 2012, the 7th Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction of the law as it pertains to Medicaid funds but reversed the lower court’s order as it pertains to state block grants. In May 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari. In July 2013, the district court permanently enjoined the state from denying Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. (See the law here. See the district court opinion here. See the 7th Circuit opinion here. See the district court final order here.)