Thumbs down: Defunding's fiscal failure
The fiscal geniuses at the Indiana General Assembly may end up costing the state more than $100,000 to have the judiciary smack down its attempt to strip Planned Parenthood of its Medicaid-provider status - and that's not including the resources the state uses to defend itself. When the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the majority of a preliminary injunction protecting Planned Parenthood from defunding, the court rejected the state's attempt to deny Medicaid funds for preventative health care services such as pap smears and STD testing. (No public funding is used for abortions.) The ruling clears the way for the trial court to issue a permanent injunction, at which point the state can expect a bill from the ACLU of Indiana for around 400 hours spent on the case (at more than $400 per hour).