(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Planned Parenthood of Indiana will not receive any Medicaid repayments for the next six weeks due to a new state law blocking its federal funding.
A hearing on whether or not the law is constitutional is due to start soon, with a decision expected before July 1 from U.S. District Court Judge Tonya Walton Pratt. The suit was filed this week by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
Pratt issued a decision Wednesday to not put a hold on the law as requested by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
Starting July 1, the new law bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and also cuts $1.3 million a year in Medicaid payments.
With the law signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels this week, Indiana has become the first state to cut off the funding for Planned Parenthood.
Supporters of the law argue that people opposed to abortion should not see their tax money going to an organization that performs them.