Indiana’s De-funding of Planned Parenthood Heads to Federal Appeals Court

By Scott Sarvay

October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Hoosier state's fight over de-funding Planned Parenthood took center stage Thursday afternoon during a hearing before the Federal Appeals Court in Chicago.

The state wants the court to lift a judge's order. Blocking the enactment of a state law that cuts funding to Indiana’s 28 clinics.

Solicitor-General Thomas Fisher says, “Our legislature decided to preserve the integrity of our taxpayer dollars in Medicaid. It died not want facilities that perform abortions to receive Medicaid dollars. Because in that circumstance those taxpayer dollars subsidize the abortion. That's why they pass that law, and that's why we are de-fending it.”

The attorney representing Planned Parenthood says the federal law requires that the state allow for "freedom of choice."

Medicaid recipients can receive service from providers who are qualified.

The state does not have the ability under the law to set-up new standards of qualifications.

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