INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is defending the
state's two-year legal battle to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood
for general medical services.
Zoeller says "it was important and necessary to defend the policy decision
of the people's elected representatives in the Legislature that Medicaid
dollars should not indirectly subsidize the payroll and overhead expenses
of abortion providers."
He says that if legal challenges to similar statutes in other states
eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana would have another
opportunity through an amicus brief to assert that argument.
A judge issued a permanent injunction Tuesday ending Indiana's battle to
deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Indiana's appeal in May.