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Indiana Set To Defund Planned Parenthood

The Indiana state legislature is on the verge of becoming the first state to block Medicaid reimbursements for low-income patients seeking basic health services at Planned Parenthood clinics. House Bill 1210, introduced by state Rep. Eric Tu…

The Indiana state legislature is on the verge of becoming the first state to block Medicaid reimbursements for low-income patients seeking basic health services at Planned Parenthood clinics.

House Bill 1210, introduced by state Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) in January, takes a number of swipes at abortion rights and includes a provision that would prohibit the state of Indiana from contracting with “any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed.” While the provision does not name a specific health provider, it effectively singles out Planned Parenthood, which receives $3 million dollars a year from the state.

“We have patients booking appointments for pap smears as we speak, but if the bill passes and the intent is met, we would literally have to get in touch with these patients and say, ‘You come prepared to pay for your services, or you will need to find another medical home,'” said Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood Indiana, which currently serves about 22,000 low-income patients under Titles X, V, and XX and through Medicaid.

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