Press advisory: State argues that Planned Parenthood of Indiana pools Medicaid reimbursements to help pay for total operational expenses
May 26, 2011
The state of Indiana last night officially filed a memorandum of opposition to a motion for an injunction by Planned Parenthood of Indiana in an attempt to block three provisions of Indiana’s newly-enacted law HEA 1210. PPIN is challenging Indiana’s right to end state-directed funding for abortion businesses; the state law requiring that women be informed of scientific evidence that an unborn child may feel pain beginning at 20-weeks; and the state law requiring that women be informed that human physical life begins at fertilization.
The state argues that there is “no record that PPIN makes any effort to either segregate Medicaid reimbursements from other unrestricted revenue sources or to allocate the cost of its various lines of business, whether abortion, family planning, cancer screenings, or other services.”
“This indicates that, while PPIN may not receive Medicaid reimbursements directly related to abortions,the Medicaid reimbursements it does receive are pooled or comingled with other monies it receives and thus help to pay for total operational costs.” (emphasis added)
View the full document here: Memo in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction
In addition, the state argues that HEA 1210 serves the public interest in three ways: the funding qualification provision prevents taxpayer dollars from indirectly funding abortions; it advances the State’s goals of encouraging women to choose childbirth over abortion, and the informed consent requirements ensure that women who choose abortion have all the information necessary to make an informed and voluntary decision.
“The state’s thorough and well-reasoned defense of HEA 1210 underscores that this new law is on solid legal footing,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.
A federal judge will hear arguments on Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s motion for an injunction on June 6.