Planned Parenthood, state reach funding agreement

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Planned Parenthood and the state of Indiana have reached an agreement in a contentious fight over funding.

The agreement strikes down certain provisions of a 2011 that banned the organization from receiving federal funding.

The law would have prevented Medicaid patients from receiving preventative healthcare services at Planned Parenthood sites.

Previously, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state overstepped its bounds with the law targeting Planned Parenthood. The law was part of an effort to keep taxpayer money out of the hands of organizations that provide abortion services.

Both parties agreed the law violated Medicaid’s freedom of choice provision.

“This is a huge step forward, with the State conceding that they no longer have any recourse,” said Betty Cockrum, PPINK’s president and CEO.  “It’s yet another positive development in our efforts to ensure that our patients’ access to lifesaving, preventive care such as Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment remains protected.”

Indiana Right to Life also released a statement Tuesday, saying in part, “Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider, will continue to receive funds through the Medicaid program, effectively freeing up other monies to expand and support its abortion business. Hoosiers don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars going to an organization that ends of the lives of the unborn, and this agreement keeps the funding spigot turned on.”

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