Judge stops Indiana from ending Planned Parenthood funding

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Posted: Jun 24, 2011 9:48 PM
Judge stops Indiana from ending Planned Parenthood funding

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - A judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction preventing the state of Indiana from enforcing a law that eliminated funding to Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions.

The Republican-led Indiana legislature voted to strip the women's health group of funding, including money from the federal Medicaid program for the poor, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed the legislation into law.

"This decision means that Planned Parenthood of Indiana can once again be reimbursed for the preventive health care it provides its 9,300 Medicaid patients," Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

Indiana is one of three states that cut funds for Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions. The others are Kansas and North Carolina.

(Writing by Greg McCune; Additional reporting by Susan Guyett, Alex Dobuzinskis and Tim Gaynor; Editing by Peter Bohan)