Indiana’s largest abortion business top contributor to new Democrat House leader in Indiana
August 1, 2012
Indianapolis, IN – Campaign finance reports posted by the Election Division of the Indiana Secretary of State’s office reveal that the political arm of Planned Parenthood, operator of four abortion clinics in Indiana, was the top contributor of campaign cash in the 2010 election cycle to Rep. Linda Lawson, the newly-elected leader of House Democrats in Indiana. According to the reports, Planned Parenthood contributed $14,500 to Lawson in 2010, making up just under half of the total contributions to her campaign. The contributions to Lawson exceeded those made by Planned Parenthood to any other state legislative candidate in 2010.
Planned Parenthood is Indiana’s largest abortion business, generating an annual revenue stream of over $2 million from doing more than 5,000 abortions statewide.
“The choice of Rep. Lawson to lead House Democrats is a clear indication that the Democratic caucus will be under the thumb of Planned Parenthood,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Rep. Lawson will prod the caucus to embrace a radical abortion agenda that will attempt to protect the abortion interests of Planned Parenthood.”
Fichter believes the heavy financial support for Lawson is evidence that Planned Parenthood has been working for some time to undermine former Democrat House leader Pat Bauer. “Planned Parenthood has effectively taken control of the House Democrats,” says Fichter.
Lawson’s voting record as a member of the Indiana House includes votes against improved informed consent measures for women contemplating abortion, against the removal of state funds from businesses that do abortions, against protections for pain-capable children beginning at 20-weeks, and against state licensing and inspection standards for abortion clinics.
Lawson also voted against HB 1474 in 2011, a bill that provides that if an abortion is performed on a female who is less than 14 years of age, the physician who performed the abortion shall transmit the information form to the department and the department of child services within three days after the abortion is performed.
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