SCOTUS rules against IN, Pence vows to fight
The U-S Supreme Court is declining to review a lower court decision that prevents the state of Indiana from cutting Planned Parenthood out of its Medicaid program.
Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill in 2011 that prevented Medicaid recipients from being reimbursed for health services at Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortions.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law in court.
In October 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals permanently blocked it because federal law guarantees Medicaid enrollees the freedom to choose any qualified health care provider.
Indiana asked the U-S Supreme Court in February to review the decision, but justices denied that request yesterday.
Governor Mike Pence says further legal action or legislation is possible to defund Planned Parenthood.