Target: United States Supreme Court Justices
Goal: Thank the Supreme Court Justices for refusing to hear a case against Planned Parenthood funding from lower courts
Recently, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision attempting to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid in Indiana. Indiana’s governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill in 2011 that attempted to block Planned Parenthood’s use of Medicaid in Indiana based on the fact that the organization performs abortions. In October of 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the motion on the grounds that federal law states that any Medicaid recipient has the ability to choose any qualified healthcare provider. Indiana has since asked the United States Supreme Court to appeal the decision by the Seventh Circuit, which has now been denied.
Due to the nature of Planned Parenthood’s abortion services, more than a dozen states have attempted to strip funds from the program. They have not considered the wide variety of healthcare services that Planned Parenthood makes accessible, such as cancer screening and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood based on their abortion policy would deny roughly 9,300 Indiana citizens access to regular healthcare. Take Texas, which cut federal aid to family planning organizations in December of 2012. The state is now paying over $200 million over the next five years on its own women’s health services. Removal of Medicaid from public health organizations can be disastrous, not only for those who seek medical services, but for state economies.
Sign this petition to thank the Supreme Court Justices for denying the Indiana Lawmaker’s attempts at an appeal. The Supreme Court has shown state governments the necessity of healthcare organizations such as Planned Parenthood and has upheld the legality of Medicaid’s recipients.
Dear Supreme Court Justices,
I would like to thank you for your decision to refuse an appeal by Indiana lawmakers that would have stripped Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood in Indiana serves roughly 9,300 people — all of whom would have lost their access to regular healthcare had Medicaid been cut. Indiana officials have failed to note that Planned Parenthood also offers vital healthcare services to its patients, and does not only function as an abortion clinic.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals original ruling stated that federal law allows Medicaid recipients free reign in finding a certified healthcare provider, and I commend your decision to hold this ruling in place. Indiana, and the dozens of other states that have attempted to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid can not be allowed to deprive its citizens of their federal rights to healthcare.
[Your Name Here]
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