U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has ruled against Planned Parenthood’s motion for a temporary restraining order to delay Indiana’s cuts to their public funding. The motion was an attempt by the abortion organization to continue getting public funds for its services.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law this week a measure that places restrictions on abortions in the state and outlaws abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless the woman’s health or life is severely threatened. Judge Pratt denied Planned Parenthood’s motion on the grounds that the state was not given a sufficient amount of time to respond to the motion and Planned Parenthood did not prove they would suffer any critical hardships without a restraining order. The $1.4 million in cuts will now take effect immediately.
The new abortion restrictions will not take effect until July 1 and Judge Pratt said she would rule on Planned Parenthood’s motion for a preliminary injuction before that time. According to Republican State Senator Scott Schneider, “Our new law will allow Planned Parenthood to continue to receive taxpayer funding if they simply stop performing abortions. The decision is now theirs to make.”
This is why it is important to do as Paul commanded in 1 Timothy 2 when he said, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” If we pray for them, sometimes we may come across individuals in power who are righteous and wise in their decisions. I pray that all legal challenges to this law will ultimately fail so precious unborn lives can be saved.
Source: Judge allows Indiana to cut Planned Parenthood funding, WORLDmag.com, May 11, 2011
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–