A federal judge indicated Monday that she will decide by July 1 whether Indiana can implement a law that cuts off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt heard over 90 minutes of arguments Monday on a Planned Parenthood request for an injunction to block Indiana's new abortion law.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana, represented by American Civil Liberties Union, argued that if the state continues to withhold funds then several clinics will run out of money and close and 9,300 Medicaid patients will be denied services. more >>
Indiana officials received notification from the Obama administration on Wednesday stating that if the state continued to withhold some funds from Planned Parenthood, the state could potentially lose over $4 billion in Medicaid funds.
In late April, the Indiana legislature passed HB 1210, a law cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, a leading abortion provider. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill into law on May 10 and has not yet commented on yesterday’s letter.
The letter signaled the Health and Human Services Department was denying Indiana’s May 12 application. more >>
A 31-year-old woman from Fort Wayne, Ind., was found guilty last week for the slaying of her two-year-old son in a ritual to drive out demons.
After deliberating for five hours, a jury convicted Latisha Lawson of murder, neglect and battery charges – rejecting dense attorneys’ claim that Lawson was delusional and incapable of understanding right from wrong. The verdict was handed down Friday.
In November 2009, Lawson and another woman believed that their four children were possessed and allegedly forced them to ingest a mixture of vinegar and olive oil. The children vomited, but the women prevented Latisha’s son Jezaih from regurgitating the liquid until he stopped breathing, police reported. more >>
Indiana is the first state in the nation to bar federal tax dollars, in the form of Medicaid payments, from going to clinics that provide abortions.
Governor Mitch Daniels on Tuesday signed into law House Bill 1210, passed in the state House and Senate in April. The bill prohibits federal money given to the state for family planning services to be distributed to abortion providers, the largest of which is Planned Parenthood. It also bans abortions for women over 20 weeks pregnant.
“This law is a tremendous victory for the pro-life movement and for taxpayers who will no longer be forced to pad the profit line of Indiana Planned Parenthood abortion clinics,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, in a statement. more >>
An Indiana House committee passed an amendment Monday to the state’s constitution banning gay marriage and civil unions.
The members of the state’s House Judiciary Committee approved the resolution by an 8-4 margin. The vote was split along party lines, but House Republicans expect the ban to receive bipartisan support once it reaches the floor.
The proposed constitutional amendment on marriage is co-sponsored by a Democrat, Rep. David Cheatham from the 69th district in southeast Indiana. more >>
Indiana University South Bend has reinstated Chick-fil-A in its two dining halls after two weeks of suspension, university officials said.
After reviewing of the company following uproar over its marriage stance, the university is allowing Chick-fil-A to resume serving students and faculty chicken sandwiches. The nearby franchise had been prevented from delivering and selling their products on campus since Jan. 10.
IUSB suspended service of Chick-fil-A sandwiches in two of its dining halls after staff members expressed concern with the company’s stance on gay marriage. more >>