Planned Parenthood of Indiana Decries Court Decision on Medical Privacy
Indianapolis, IN — Today the Marion County Superior Court rejected Planned Parenthood of Indiana's request for an injunction to block efforts by State Attorney General Steve Carter to seize additional client medical records pending a full trial.
"This ruling puts everyone's medical privacy at risk, shaking the very foundation of the doctor-patient relationship that is at the heart of good health care," said Betty Cockrum, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. "We will appeal the court's decision in order to defend the privacy of all Hoosiers, including the more than 100,000 patients Planned Parenthood of Indiana serves annually."
"In the interim, we hope the attorney general will refrain from seeking our patients' medical records while this case is pending," Cockburn said. "Our patients can be confident that we will pursue all legal avenues to safeguard the privacy of their medical records. And we again remind the public they can count on Planned Parenthood of Indiana to take very seriously the law regarding reporting abuse and neglect."
In March 2005, an agent of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General entered three Planned Parenthood health centers in Indiana (in Bloomington, Franklin and Lafayette), and demanded medical information about specific minors who had received reproductive health services.
"For our clients, trust is the cornerstone of why they choose Planned Parenthood as their provider of vital health services. We are a trusted member of the community and work closely with authorities to protect the young women and men in Indiana," Cockrum said.
Since 1932, Planned Parenthood of Indiana has provided education and medical services, including Pap tests for cervical cancer, breast exams, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. In 2004, Planned Parenthood of Indiana served a total of more than 130,000 clients. Its 39 health centers served more than 108,000 patients who made more than 320,000 total medical visits. In addition, 25,000 clients were served through educational programs.