Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 4, 2020 / 10:00 am
The state of Indiana is hopeful the Supreme Court will hear their case on whether the state can block Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from receiving Medicaid funding.
State Solicitor General Tom Fisher told CNA that Indiana is once again petitioning the Supreme Court to grant certioari in a case to determine if it is lawful to exclude abortion providers from receiving Medicaid funds after state Attorney General Curtis Hill filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on April 30.
"States have authority to determine who is a qualified Medicaid provider," Fisher told CNA in an interview on Friday, May 1. Fisher said that Indiana had decided to exclude abortion providers from the list of qualified Medicaid providers as they did not wish to subsidize abortions, "even indirectly," with state money.
"Every dollar that goes to a clinic is going to support whatever they do, even if they can't charge separately for abortion," he said. Under the Indiana law, organizations like Planned Parenthood, which is a single legal entity, cannot receive government funding even for clinics that do not perform abortions.