Judge stops Ind. cuts to Planned Parenthood funds

By CHARLES WILSON and DEANNA MARTIN | June 25, 2011 | 3:15 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Indiana expects to start offering services to Medicaid patients again after a federal judge ruled the state can't cut off the organization's public funding for general health services solely because it also provides abortions.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt's Friday ruling granted Planned Parenthood's request for an injunction on the state's move to defund the organization.

The ruling sides with federal officials who say states can't restrict Medicaid recipients' freedom to choose their health care provider or disqualify providers merely because they also offer abortions.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana hasn't had Medicaid funding for services such as breast exams and Pap tests since last month and had to stop seeing Medicaid patients this week. Officials say they'll resume services Saturday.

Officials say Indiana will likely appeal.