Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed a brief today in response to the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and the ACLU. The lawsuit is aimed at overturning a new Indiana law that strips Medicaid funding from abortion providers.
There is already a law preventing public funding from paying for abortions, but the brief states that the new law is targeted at preventing the indirect subsidy of abortions.
The U.S. Justice Department has sided with the group, saying the state cannot limit Medicaid patients’ options for care and threatening that Indiana could lose all of its Medicaid funding if the law stands.
Planned Parenthood has been using private donations to continue offering services, but that funding ran out this week; and the organization has furloughed workers and begun a process of scaling back services until this lawsuit is resolved.