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Federal Officials Review Indiana’s Planned Parenthood Law

The measure limits some public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, which could lead federal officials to withhold some federal funds for that state as well as others that restrict funds from abortion providers.  

The Associated Press: Feds Review Ind. Law Targeting Planned Parenthood
Federal officials said Monday they're taking a hard look at a new Indiana law that withholds some public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, a development that could cost the state some of its Medicaid funding. The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a statement saying it was reviewing Indiana's law and situations in other states threatening to withhold funds from abortion providers (Kusmer, 5/23).

CBS: Indiana's Planned Parenthood Law Faces Federal Test
Officials in the Obama administration say Indiana's new law, which strips Medicaid funding for health care providers that provide abortions - like Planned Parenthood - breaches federal rules, The New York Times reports. The administration has 90 days to decide whether to approve the law, but officials have "made it clear they will not approve the changes," according to the report - and they may act sooner to curb similar laws from passing in other states. Republican lawmakers in virtually every state this year have pushed legislation to restrict abortion rights, as have Republicans at the federal level, but the new Indiana law represents the boldest state-based challenge to Planned Parenthood yet (Cordon, 5/23).

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