Blog: wild inaccuracy

June 28, 2011

Rep. Clyde Kersey’s assertion in the June 28 edition of the Tribune-Star that Planned Parenthood is responsible for only 3% of Indiana’s abortions, and that these abortions are done only in Indianapolis, is one more wildly inaccurate claim that somehow seem to slip by even the most basic of fact checks by professional news personnel who should know better. 

According to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, it did 5,580 surgical and chemical abortions in Indiana in 2010 alone, a figure that amounts to over half of the abortions done in our state.  It also a fact that Planned Parenthood operates three abortion clinics in Indiana including sites in Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Merrillville. According to the same annual report, abortions are on the rise at Planned Parenthood with a 2% increase from 2009 to 2010.

HEA 1210 provided Planned Parenthood with the option of discontinuing its abortion operations, or completely separating the abortion side of its business with its other operations, in order to retain eligibility for Medicaid funding, but it refused to do so because the revenue of over $2 million from abortion is central to its business plan.

It is apparent that Rep. Kersey has a complete misunderstanding of the scope of Planned Parenthood’s abortion operations in Indiana.  Kersey, as well as other state legislators who support abortion on demand, might be well-served in future sessions to at least check his facts before voting to force Hoosiers to subsidize Indiana’s largest abortion business with public funding.

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