Indiana has asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge’s order blocking parts of a new law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding. In a brief filed Monday, Indiana says the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the law May 10, temporarily cutting off about $1.4 million to Planned Parenthood of Indiana because it provides abortions. The state is asking the federal appeals court in Chicago to reverse U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s June 24 preliminary injunction. Pratt’s ruling barred the state from cutting Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.