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Governor Mitch Daniels commits to defund Planned Parenthood

From HoosierAccess:

In a move that some have said will make Indiana the most prolife state in America, Governor Mitch Daniels has announced that he will sign HEA 1210, a bipartisan bill that will defund organizations that perform abortion.

Like the pensive Governor we all know him to be, when Gov. Daniels considered this bill he did the homework and demonstrated that his administration will ensure access to women’s health centers that perform vital services, in every county of the state, so long as they do not perform abortions.

Stating his willingness to be “quick to forgive” organizations that perform the procedure, Governor Daniels said the following about their chances at future funding:

“Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

Now we’ll see just how much Planned Parenthood cares about women: will they quit doing abortions so that they may continue other services for women’s health or will they file lawsuits as they implicitly demonstrate that abortions are more important to them than anything else.

Full press release:

MEDIA ADVISORY
April 29, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels issued a statement today about HEA 1210, approved this week by the Indiana General Assembly:

“I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now.  I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position. The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, as reflected in greater than 2:1 bipartisan votes in both legislative chambers.

“I commissioned a careful review of access to services across the state and can confirm that all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women’s health, will remain readily available in every one of our 92 counties. In addition, I have ordered the Family and Social Services Administration to see that Medicaid recipients receive prompt notice of nearby care options. We will take any actions necessary to ensure that vital medical care is, if anything, more widely available than before.

“Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

More about the impact of HEA 1210 in Indiana:

  • This law will affect 7 entities in Indiana which have a total of 34 locations in 21 counties throughout the state.
  • In the 21 counties where these 7 entities currently operate, there are approximately 800 Medicaid providers which are eligible to provide Medicaid clients with health and family planning services.
County Medicaid Providers
ALLEN 63
BARTHOLOMEW 10
DELAWARE 23
ELKHART 37
FLOYD 7
HENDRICKS 25
JACKSON 5
JEFFERSON 6
KOSCIUSKO 29
LAKE 118
LAPORTE 17
LAWRENCE 14
MARION 192
MONROE 21
PORTER 22
ST. JOSEPH 71
SCOTT 11
TIPPECANOE 26
VANDERBURGH 38
VIGO 54
WAYNE 11
Total 800

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Contact: Jane Jankowski, 317/232-1622


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