Saturday, December 17, 2005
Indiana State Court of Appeals Asked to Prevent State from Seizing Patient Records from Planned Parenthood of Indiana Clinics
Last Wednesday, the Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments on whether the state may seize patient records from Planned Parenthood of Indiana clinics. Solicitor General Thomas Fisher argued that the Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was within its rights to seek the records, based on a complaint that Planned Parenthood may not be reporting instances of sexual activity by people under 14. Kenneth Falk, legal director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, which brought suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood to bar the seizures, rejected that contention. He said the term refers to the person who harmed the child, not to a clinic that later learns of it. Falk said Planned Parenthood follows the law in reporting suspected child abuse. Source: Richard D. Walton, Indystar.com. For more information, please click here (last visited December 17, 2005).