Court stays out of Planned Parenthood funding case

May 28, 2013
FILE  -  This June 6, 2011 file photo shows Betty Cockrum, left, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and attorney Ken Faulk speaking to reporters outside the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis. Indiana will likely stop defending a law that stripped Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood after the Supreme Court declined to hear the case Tuesday, May 28, 2013 an attorney who represents the nation's largest abortion provider said. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, FILE)
FILE - This June 6, 2011 file photo shows Betty Cockrum, left, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and attorney Ken Faulk speaking to reporters outside the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis. Indiana will likely stop defending a law that stripped Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood after the Supreme Court declined to hear the case Tuesday, May 28, 2013 an attorney who represents the nation's largest abortion provider said. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, FILE)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions among its medical services.

The justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting the state's appeal of a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state law targeting Planned Parenthood went too far. Indiana is among more than a dozen states that have enacted or considered laws to cut off taxpayer money to organizations that provide abortion.

The law aimed to deny Planned Parenthood funds from the joint federal-state Medicaid health program for the poor that are used for general health services including cancer screening.