WASHINGTON -- 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.
According to RTV-6, 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.
The law aimed to deny Planned Parenthood funds from the joint federal-state Medicaid health program for the poor that are used for general health services including cancer screening.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana released a statement Tuesday morning praising the court's decision.
"This dangerous law put politics above women's health," said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. "It effectively barred access to vital medical services, the lower court properly held it unconstitutional, and we are not surprised that the Supreme Court let that decision stand."
U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement regarding this decision Tuesday:
"The Supreme Court failed the American people today. Abortion providers should provide for themselves and not be subsidized by taxpayers. We will continue to fight on the federal level to make sure Planned Parenthood does not receive one dime of taxpayer money as long as they are performing abortions.”
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