(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The fight over federal money for Planned Parenthood of Indiana is now headed to court.
Governor Daniels signed House Enrolled Act 1210 Tuesday cutting off federal taxpayer dollars to the organization, which in turn filed for a temporary restraining order and injunction with U.S. District Court in Indianapolis to prevent the bill from going into effect.
A ruling on the injunction could be handed down Wednesday.
The bill seeks to eliminate $2 million of $3 million in annual taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. The organization insists that no taxpayer money is used to perform abortions.
“We have an obligation to stand with our low-income patients who rely on government funding to receive Pap tests, birth control, STD testing and treatment. We want to ensure that they receive care from their preferred provider – Planned Parenthood of Indiana,” said Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum.
Along with the funding issue, the new law also bans abortions in Indiana after the 20th week of pregnancy.
The American Civil Liberties Union joined Planned Parenthood in filing the injunction.
“Family planning dollars fund preventive health services that are critical to low-income and vulnerable women and their families,” said ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. “It is unlawful, unnecessary and cruel to deny these populations health services that they desperately need.”