Press advisory: State argues that Planned Parenthood of Indiana pools Medicaid reimbursements to help pay for total operational expenses

May 26, 2011

The state of Indiana last night officially filed a memorandum of opposition to a motion for an injunction by Planned Parenthood of Indiana in an attempt to block three provisions of Indiana’s newly-enacted law HEA 1210.   PPIN is challenging Indiana’s right to end state-directed funding for abortion businesses; the state law requiring that women be informed of scientific evidence that an unborn child may feel pain beginning at 20-weeks; and the state law requiring that women be informed that human physical life begins at fertilization. 

The state argues that there is “no record that PPIN makes any effort to either segregate Medicaid reimbursements from other unrestricted revenue sources or to allocate the cost of its various lines of business, whether abortion, family planning, cancer screenings, or other services.”

“This indicates that, while PPIN may not receive Medicaid reimbursements directly related to abortions,the Medicaid reimbursements it does receive are pooled or comingled with other monies it receives and thus help to pay for total operational costs.”  (emphasis added)

View the full document here: Memo in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction

In addition, the state argues that HEA 1210 serves the public interest in three ways:  the funding qualification provision prevents taxpayer dollars from indirectly funding abortions; it advances the State’s goals of encouraging women to choose childbirth over abortion, and the informed consent requirements ensure that women who choose abortion have all the information necessary to make an informed and voluntary decision.

“The state’s thorough and well-reasoned defense of HEA 1210 underscores that this new law is on solid legal footing,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. 

A federal judge will hear arguments on Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s motion for an injunction on June 6.

Governor Mitch Daniels signs history-making legislation into law; Planned Parenthood seeks restraining order

May 11, 2011

Indiana Right to Life is applauding Governor Mitch Daniels for signing into law today the most sweeping pro-life initiatives in Indiana since the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand with the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions in 1973.

HEA 1210 contains provisions to end all state-directed funding for businesses that do abortions, to establish Indiana’s compelling interest in protecting pain-capable unborn children beginning at 20 weeks, to opt-out of abortion coverage in any state health exchanges required under the new federal health law, to require that women considering abortion be given full, factual information in writing, and to require doctors who do abortions, or their designees, to maintain local hospital admitting privileges in order to streamline access to emergency care for women injured by abortion.

“This legislation places Indiana on the vanguard of efforts to protect the unborn, to deny public funds to businesses that profit from abortion, and to ensure that women considering abortion have full and factual information about such issues as fetal development and alternatives to abortion,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Governor Daniels has now established Indiana as one of the leading pro-life states in the nation.”

Fichter also called Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s move to secure an injunction against the defunding provision a delay tactic to keep public funding flowing as long as possible. “We are confident that Indiana will successfully defend this new law and that abortion businesses will be denied access to all state-directed public funds.”

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Governor Daniels affirms that he will sign historic pro-life bill

May 2, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels issued a statement on Friday 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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