Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Heard in Federal Court Monday

By Scott Sarvay

June 6, 2011 Updated Jun 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A federal judge could rule next month on whether an Indiana state law to de-fund Planned Parenthood can be enforced.

Arguments were heard Monday morning in federal court.

Representatives of Planned Parenthood said the language of the state's ruling violates federal law and the constitution.

Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller argues that the legislature can disqualify clinics that provide abortions under the Medicaid act.

The court already denied the organization's request last month to immediately block the law passed by the General Assembly.

But the Obama Administration warned state officials to drop the ban last week, saying it violates federal law and that the state could lose all Medicaid funding.




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