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Court Action Today On Indiana Funding Ban For Planned Parenthood

The reproductive health organization is seeking a preliminary injunction against a new state law that would cut Medicaid funds.

The Associated Press: Indiana, Planned Parenthood To Argue Abortion Law
The battle over Indiana's tough new abortion law cutting off much of the public funding for Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions moved back to the courts Monday where attorneys prepared to argue over the organization's request for a preliminary injunction blocking the statute (Kusmer, 6/6).

Houston Chronicle: Feds Clarify Rules For Medicaid, Abortions
Federal officials warned this week that Medicaid rules do not permit states to ban certain health care providers "because they separately provide abortion services." Apparently in response to the action of several states to limit government funds to Planned Parenthood, the bulletin from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services notes that federal money cannot be used to pay for abortion services except in extraordinary circumstances such as rape or saving the life of the mother (Kilday Hart, 6/3). 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: State Budget To Rein In Aid For Family Planning
Wisconsin is on track to join other states that are targeting Planned Parenthood by cutting or ending its access to state and federal dollars. The Joint Finance Committee, which writes the state budget, voted last month to bar organizations that provide abortions from receiving grants given to city and county health departments, community health centers and clinics for family planning. Planned Parenthood was the only organization that provides abortions to receive grants from the program (Boulton, 6/4). 

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