Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Midweek News Item: 05/11/11

Hey all, it's your midweek news bulletin. In Indiana, the state legislature passed some sweeping abortion regulations which a) defunds Planned Parenthood and b) prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. Governor Mitch Daniels (R), who many think is considering a bid for President, signed the bill. Planned Parenthood immediately went to court to try to prevent the state from cutting their funding. The result? A Judge will allow the defunding efforts to go ahead as planned. Here's an excerpt from the article:
Indiana won a key victory in its fight to cut off public funding for Planned Parenthood Wednesday when a federal judge refused to block a tough new abortion law from taking effect, a move that could boost Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' image among social conservatives as he considers running for president.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied Planned Parenthood of Indiana's request for a temporary restraining order 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 Daniels. The judge's decision allows the cuts to take effect immediately.

Pratt said the state has not had enough time to respond to Planned Parenthood's complaint and that the group did not show it would suffer irreparable harm without a temporary restraining order.

A hearing was scheduled June 6 on the request for a preliminary injunction, and Pratt said she will rule on the matter before July 1, when new abortion restrictions included in the law are set to take effect.

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