Ind. appeals freeing of Planned Parenthood funds

By KEN KUSMER | June 28, 2011 | 5:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is appealing a judge's ruling that blocked key aspects of a new state law that would cut public funding for Planned Parenthood's general health services because the organization also provides abortions.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed the appeal Tuesday with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The move was expected after U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking parts of the new law.

Planned Parenthood had gone without Medicaid funding since May 10, when Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the law that made Indiana the first state to deny the organization Medicaid funds non-abortion related services.

Planned Parenthood was briefly forced to stop seeing Medicaid patients after private donations ran out but resumed seeing them after Pratt ruled.