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Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Funding Restored


Planned Parenthood of Indiana CEO Betty Cockrum
( photo: Alex Brown)
Planned Parenthood of Indiana will once again be open to Medicaid patients now that a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction restoring Medicaid funding.
The state's new law blocked Planned Parenthood from received the Medicaed reimbursements because the organization also provided abortions although Planned Parenthood argues none of those funds go toward abortions.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt also granted a preliminary injunction saying Planned Parenthood does not have to tell patients that a fetus can feel pain at less than 20 weeks, however they must continue to tell patients that human life beings at conception.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana began turning away Medicaid patients this week, furloughed employees and laid off two specialists.  CEO Betty Cockrum says it's likely those specialists will be rehired.
The agency is seeking a permanent injunction.  Meanwhile, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller tells 93 WIBC that his office is in the process of appealing the decision.
He says the state could go through an interlocutory appeals process which would stop the injunction or through a normal appeals process in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Zoeller indicates his office is leaning toward arguing the merits of the case in the 7th circuit, as they feel this was the process that should have been followed in the beginning.
Zoeller says he isn't certin when they will file an appeal but says it will take a few days to look over the judge's decision.

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