Indiana judge refuses to block law defunding Planned Parenthood

May 11, 2011

By The Associated Press

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

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied Planned Parenthood of Indiana's request for a temporary restraining order Wednesday despite arguments that the law jeopardizes health care for thousands of women. Planned Parenthood wanted to keep funds flowing while it challenges the law signed this week by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. The judge's decision allows the cuts to take effect immediately.

The funding cuts are part of a new law that also bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless there is a substantial threat to the woman's life or health.

The law could improve Daniels' image with social conservatives as he considers a 2012 run for president.