Defunding Planned Parenthood was a hot legislative trend in 2011, but now it seems that all that hard, not-really-job-creating-at-all work put in by our Tea Partying state legislatures is being slowly undone by the court system. The newest state that has been told, in no uncertain terms, that you can't defund Planned Parenthood just because you don't like abortion is Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Indiana's law blocking Medicaid funding from going to Planned Parenthood clinics interfered with Medicaid recipients' right to obtain health care from the provider of their choosing, according to the Wall Street Journal. Translation: you can't tell poor people they can't get cancer screenings from a clinic just because some doctors at the clinic (or employed by the same organization that owns the clinic) sometimes perform abortions. That's called interfering with other people's health care because you think zygotes are magic! NOT COOL.


This latest ruling conflicts with the notoriously-whackadoodle Fifth Circuit's ruling that allowed Texas to expressly block Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding, but concurs with the most recent ruling in another court case clusterfuck unfolding over a similar Arizona law.

Sour grapes-tasting anti-Planned Parenthood advocates can't blame "activist judges" for this one, either; the circuit that blocked the Indiana law consisted of a George W. Bush appointee, a Reagan appointee, and a Carter appointee.

Yes, Republican laws about women's health care are so crazy that not even George W. Bush-endorsed judges can stomach them.