(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Planned Parenthood of Indiana is applauding a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will keep its Medicaid funding flowing.
Last October, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Indiana from stopping Medicaid funds to the organization based on a state law, HEA 1210, passed by lawmakers in 2011.
Indiana appealed that decision. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, leaving the circuit court’s ruling intact.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana called the announcement a victory for women's health.
"This has been a long fight, but one that has been worthwhile because we've been fighting on behalf of our patients and their access to lifesaving, preventive care such as Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment," said Betty Cockrum, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
The American Civil Liberties Union represented Planned Parenthood and believes the state will drop the case. Federal law protects the right of Medicaid patients to choose a health care provider free from state law interference, said ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence – a social conservative who battled Planned Parenthood during his time in Congress – told the Indianapolis Star he was disappointed at Tuesday’s news. The governor said he continues to feel strongly that taxpayers should not be required to support what he calls “the largest abortion provider in America.”