Ind. asks court to lift Planned Parenthood order

August 1, 2011 - 8:58 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge's order blocking parts of a new abortion law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding.

In an appeal filed Monday, Indiana says the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the law May 10, temporarily cutting off about $1.4 million to Planned Parenthood of Indiana because it provides abortions.

The state is asking the federal appeals court in Chicago to reverse U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt's June 24 preliminary injunction. Pratt's ruling barred the state from cutting Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.

The appeal came just days after the state complied with Pratt's ruling by giving Planned Parenthood a $6,000 grant.