Friday, June 3, 2011

Indiana Still Banning Planned Parenthood Funding

Despite the federal law, Indiana is still going ahead with their law defunding Planned Parenthood.

Officials in Indiana say they will continue to implement a law that cuts all federal funding for Planned Parenthood in the state, despite a warning from the Department of Health and Human Services that the law violates the rules of Medicaid.

Marcus J. Barlow, spokesman for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, said they are consulting with the state Attorney General on how to proceed. “The way the law was written, it went into effect the moment the governor signed it,” Barlow told the National Journal. “We were just advised by our lawyers that we should continue to enforce Indiana law.”

Perhaps the Attorney General missed that day in law school when they taught about the supremacy clause where federal laws trump state laws. It’s in the Constitution.