A federal judge just ruled (Wednesday afternoon, May 11) against Planned Parenthood’s request for atemporary injunction staying implementation of the state of Indiana’s ban on the use of $2 million in Medicaid funds by Planned Parenthood. Governor Mitch Daniel’s signed into law the first-in-the-nation ban on the allocation of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. Republicans in Congress had sought and failed to defund Planned Parenthood in the 2011 Budget Agreement. Indiana’s plan may become the model for other states to accomplish at state-level something that can’t be accomplished at the federal-level as long as Obama is President. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued her ruling one day after Daniel’s signed the law, which also prohibits abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood & the ACLU filed suit immediately. Judge Pratt is Indiana’s first African American federal judge. She was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate last year. Her ruling suggests strongly that this law will stand up to challenges in federal courts.
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