No surprise. From Bloomberg, last night:

An Indiana law defunding Planned Parenthood was blocked by a federal judge who said opponents of the statute showed a likelihood of success in the lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt [pictured below left] in Indianapolis today granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed after Republican Governor Mitch Danielssigned the law in May.

“While it remains to be seen who will ultimately prevail on the merits, the court is persuaded” that Planned Parenthood demonstrated a “reasonable likelihood of success” in challenging the law, Pratt wrote in today’s decision.

The Indiana law would prohibit state agencies from entering into contracts with or making grants to any entity that performs abortions or maintains a facility where they’re performed.

“The public interest also tilts in favor of granting an injunction,” Pratt said, because the federal government has threatened partial or total withholding from the state as much as $5 billion dollars a year in Medicaid funds, affecting almost 1 million residents.

“Denying the injunction could pit the federal government against the state of Indiana in a high-stakes political impasse,” Pratt said. “If dogma trumps pragmatism and neither side budges, Indiana’s most vulnerable citizens could end up paying the price as the collateral damage of a partisan battle.”

Indiana will likely appeal, according to Reuters.

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