Planned Parenthood of Indiana set to lose some state and federal monies
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2011-05-04

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he will soon sign HEA 1210 into law. When he does, Planned Parenthood stands to lose some of its taxpayer funding. The Act provides for stripping of state funding and state administered federal funding from "any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed."

Unfortunately other provisions of this bill, having nothing to do with Planned Parenthood, contain "exceptions" where the bill would not apply. Thus while American Life League supports taking funding away from Planned Parenthood, it does not support the bill.

Planned Parenthood is crying wolf, as usual, saying that the partial defunding will result in women losing vital health care services, when, in reality, no such situation exists. In fact, Governor Daniels has compiled a list of 800 Medicaid facilities where patrons of the 28 Planned Parenthood facilities affected can receive medical care. Planned Parenthood has threatened to seek an injunction if the Act is signed into law.

Unfortunately, Governor Daniels stated in a press release, "Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions."

So, presumably, all Planned Parenthood would have to do to continue receiving funding would be to "separate" its abortion business from its other business. No details are provided as to what that separation would entail, but we know that, in Texas, Planned Parenthood has physically split its abortion business in some locales by utilizing separate facilities, or even separate hallways or rooms of the same facility. Even though the facilities may be physically separate, in some locations they share staff and expenses.

Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers are specifically excepted from the provisions of the Indiana "Abortion Matters" Act.

Let us all work together to strip all funding permanently from Planned Parenthood. Visit our web site to learn how to stop local funding. Legislative experts are available at American Life League to help you craft effective legislation in your state to defund the abortion giant. Click here for assistance with model legislation.