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Gayle in MD
10-23-2012, 12:56 PM
Indiana Planned Parenthood Ruling: Federal Appeals Court Says State Can't Cut Funding Over Abortions
Laura Bassett

Posted: 10/23/2012 12:43 pm EDT Updated: 10/23/2012 1:36 pm EDT

The state of Indiana cannot withhold Medicaid funding from the local Planned Parenthood affiliate because some of its clinics offer abortions, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a June 2011 injunction from a lower-court judge blocking a law that would have prevented Planned Parenthood of Indiana from participating in the state's Medicaid program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also spoke out against the law at the time, arguing in a letter to Indiana's state Medicaid director that the proposed change violates federal Medicaid rules by restricting beneficiaries' freedom to choose any qualified health care provider.

"We're really pleased, particularly in Indiana where the economy continues to be a challenge, that it's so clearly affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court that it's appropriate for us to continue to serve as Medicaid providers," Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum told HuffPost on Tuesday. "We've got 9,300 Medicaid patients, men and women, who rely on us for health and family planning services such as birth control, pap tests, breast exams and STD tests."

Planned Parenthood of Indiana receives about $3 million a year from the federal government and serves about 22,000 low-income patients using Titles X, V, and XX and Medicaid funds.

The Hyde Amendment already prohibits the federal funding of abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest, so the Medicaid money that flows to Planned Parenthood clinics can only be used for other health care and family planning services. But state Republican lawmakers in Indiana argued when they passed the defunding law that taxpayers do not want to support an organization that performs abortions, regardless of who pays for those services.

"The fundamental issue is that when we take tax dollars and fund any entity that performs abortions, we're forcing taxpayers to support a practice that many feel is objectionable," State Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis), the author of the provision to cut Planned Parenthood's funding, told HuffPost in an April 2011 interview.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of Indiana Medicaid recipients, applauded the appeals court's decision on Tuesday.

“This law was an attempt by politicians to punish organizations that are providing legal services,” said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Elected officials should not place politics above women’s health.”


<span style='font-size: 17pt'>The GOP need to reimburse all the taxpayers for wasting the courts resources with this non-sense. </span>

llotter
10-23-2012, 02:49 PM
There is virtually no difference between the baby killers and those who cheer them on.

Gayle in MD
10-23-2012, 10:25 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: llotter</div><div class="ubbcode-body">There is virtually no difference between the baby killers and those who cheer them on. </div></div>

I agree. I think anyone who would cheer over anyone killing a baby would be a mentally sick monster!

Same thing goes for those dangerous people who threaten or interfere with others who enter Planned Parenthood facilities, they, too, are mentally sick monsters.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Planned Parenthood Protest: Anti-Abortion Demonstrator Accused Of Stabbing Man In Oregon

AP *|* Posted: 10/23/2012 10:09 pm EDT Updated: 10/24/2012 12:25 am EDT


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A confrontation outside a southern Oregon Planned Parenthood health center on Tuesday ended with a protester stabbing another man, police said.

Earlier in the day, a woman argued with the demonstrator outside the health center. She returned later with a man who then attacked the protester, Grants Pass police Lt. Dennis Ward said.

The man was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen and at least once in the neck, police said. There was no immediate word on his condition.

The demonstrator had signs denouncing abortion and Planned Parenthood, but Planned Parenthood for Southwestern Oregon spokeswoman Sarah Mosely said the clinic only provides health services, and doesn't perform abortions.

"We don't have a lot of details," she said. "It just appears to be a tragic situation. Our thoughts are with the people who have been injured and their loved ones."

Police handcuffed the protester, who had blood on his clothing, the Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/QUf5Mu)reports) reported. The protester was being detained during the investigation, Ward said.

Police didn't immediately release the name of either man.

Neighbor Charlotte Cook said the protester would accost people coming and going through the area.

"It was an accident looking for a place to happen," she said.

Cherie Adams said he would yell obscenities at her when she walked past him, and she changed her route to work.

"He's been out there for months," she said. "He's screaming at people.

"I had a feeling something like this would happen."

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G.