Gregg challenged to disclose personal contributions to Planned Parenthood of Indiana
June 6, 2012
Indiana Right to Life today is calling on gubernatorial candidate John Gregg to make public the total amount of personal contributions he has made to Planned Parenthood of Indiana over the last five years. Gregg is currently undertaking a statewide effort to support taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and to criticize policy efforts to end public funding for the business that does over half of Indiana’s 10,000-plus abortions per year.
“Mr. Gregg is doing a lot of talking about what taxpayers should be forced to pay for, but we have yet to hear how much of his own money he is willing to send to Planned Parenthood,” notes Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Taxpayers are tired of being lectured by politicians who believe that they know how to best spend other people’s hard earned money. There is nothing to keep John Gregg from giving Planned Parenthood as much as he cares to give. We believe it’s only fair for him to disclose how much he is donating to Planned Parenthood before telling pro-life Hoosiers to pick up the tab for an organization that so many find objectionable.”
Planned Parenthood of Indiana currently operates four abortion clinics located in Indianapolis, Merrillville, Bloomington, and Lafayette. Its annual revenue as reported in its 2010 annual report is over $15 million, including over $2 million in revenue from doing surgical and chemical abortions.
An Indiana law that prohibits state-directed funding from businesses that do abortions is currently under review by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The law, signed into effect in 2011 by Governor Mitch Daniels, allowed Planned Parenthood of Indiana to remain eligible for state-directed funding on the condition that it separated out its abortion operations, which Planned Parenthood refused to do.