It is a bold move in the fight to protect life.
I'm talking about Indiana's new state law that prohibits federal funds it receives from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
I first wrote about this issue in June and noted that this law was immediately challenged in federal court by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU - with the backing of the Obama Administration - claiming the law violates a federal statute. Now, the legal battle has moved to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after the enforcement of this law was put on hold following a federal court granting a motion for a preliminary injunction.
Today, we filed a significant amicus brief at the 7th Circuit - on behalf of 41 Members of Congress - and more than 25,000 Americans - urging the appeals court to reverse the lower court decision and uphold the Indiana law.
At issue: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1210 - signed into law in May by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The measure is important because it prohibits the distribution of federal Medicaid funds it receives to organizations like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions. The new law provides, in pertinent part: "An agency of the state may not: (1) enter into a contract with; or (2) make a grant to; any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed that involves the expenditure of state funds or federal funds administered by the state."
Our amicus brief argues that the Indiana law is consistent with federal statutes and is appropriate.
"HEA 1210 is not rendered unreasonable or inconsistent with federal Medicaid law simply because it bolsters Indiana’s strong interests in encouraging childbirth and ensuring that abortions are not directly or indirectly subsidized by public funds," the brief contends. "Indiana may reasonably conclude that sending large sums of public funds to abortion providers that also provide non-abortion services within the same organization serves to indirectly subsidize abortion activities."
The brief asserts that Indiana has a legal right to determine how the Medicaid dollars entrusted to it for administering are distributed.