Judge Allows Ind. to Cut Planned Parenthood Funds

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A federal judge has refused to block a new Indiana law that cuts public funding for Planned Parenthood.

The abortion provider wanted to keep funds flowing while it challenged the law signed this week by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The judge's decision allows the cuts to take effect immediately. The cuts are part of a new law that also bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, unless there's a substantial threat to the mother's life or health.

Sue Swayze, legislative director for Indiana Right to Life, said she was thrilled with the judge's ruling.

"This isn't about health care services," she said. "This is about abortion."

State Sen. Scott Schneider, a Republican from Indianapolis who sponsored the measure to defund Planned Parenthood, said other health providers offer the same general services that the abortion provider claims people will lose.

"The case made by Planned Parenthood is nothing more than a false alarm, and their claims that women will go without health services are false," Schneider said in a statement Wednesday.

"Our new law will allow Planned Parenthood to continue to receive taxpayer funding if they simply stop performing abortions," he added. "The decision is now theirs to make."

The law will go into effect in the Hoosier State on July 1.

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