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Judge Denies Request to Stop Planned Parenthood Defunding

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A federal judge Wednesday denied Planned Parenthood's request to block the state of Indiana from defunding the organization.  Indiana would be the first U.S. state to cut all funding to Planned Parenthood.

Federal District Court Judge Tonya Walton Pratt denied the request, stating that Planned Parenthood could not support its claim that it would suffer devastating harm if the law took effect immediately.

Planned Parenthood filed a restraining order in Indianapolis Tuesday, just hours after Governor Mitch Daniels signed a new law banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and cutting $3 million in state funds used for birth control and screening tests for STDs.

A hearing is set for June 6 to rule on a temporary injunction.

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