The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked an Indiana law aimed at stopping Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds to provide cancer screenings and other services for the poor.
The Supreme Court justices gave no indication why they had rejected Indiana’s appeal to overturn 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The state had sought to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal Medicaid funds for cancer and HIV screenings because the organization also performed abortions, but the appeals court said that the law went too far.
“Today’s announcement from the Supreme Court is not only a victory for Planned Parenthood’s patients in Indiana, it is a victory for the nearly three million people who turn to Planned Parenthood health centers each year across the country,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement obtained by Raw Story. “Planned Parenthood is reimbursed by the government to provide health care just like every other medical provider. Politicians in all 50 states should take note: blocking Planned Parenthood from funding to provide preventive health care is both unlawful, and deeply unpopular.”
Since 1976, Planned Parenthood has been barred from using federal funds for abortion services. Indiana makes the sixth state in which courts have blocked efforts to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood for other services. Similar laws have been struck down in Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas and Tennessee.