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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The battle over Indiana’s tough new abortion law cutting off much of the public funding for Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions moved back to the courts Monday where attorneys prepared to argue over the organization’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking the statute.

Planned Parenthood and its attorneys, led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, contend that the statute signed by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels last month is unconstitutional and violates rules governing the Medicaid program, which serves low-income people. The ACLU’s Ken Falk said the law made Indiana the first state to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood for general health services such as breast exams and Pap smears.

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