Judge Tanya Walton Pratt

A federal judge permanently struck down key portions of Indiana’s controversial 2016 anti-abortion bill.

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A federal judge will not temporarily halt her ruling, and the state will have to provide funding to refugee resettlement organizations while the legal battle over money for resettlement continues.

Indiana’s refugee resettlement program funnels federal money to organizations that help resettle refugees in the state.  Gov. Mike Pence in December announced he was suspending that program for Syrian refugees, cutting off money from resettlement groups such as Exodus Immigration.  Pence says public safety concerns prompted that action. 

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The Attorney General's office has filed the expected appeal of the ruling that blocks Governor Mike Pence's plan to deny assistance to Syrian refugees settling in Indiana.

The state questions the federal screening process for those entering the country from overseas.

Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt found Pence's position discriminatory and threw it out.

It's up to Judge Pratt to decide whether to grant a request to set aside her order until the appeal is resolved.