Planned Parenthood had asked the U.S. District Court court to delay enforcement of a new Indiana law denying Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood while the organization challenges its constitutionality.

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ACLU and Planned Parenthood argues that forcing doctors to say life begins at conception and that a fetus can feel pain around 20 weeks violates their First Amendment rights, and that the immediate defunding would violate existing contracts. The Indianapolis Star notes, "Typically a judge's reluctance to even temporarily put a law on hold does not bode well for the plaintiff, in this case Planned Parenthood."

Judge Refuses To Delay Enforcement Of Indiana Abortion Law [Indy Star]