Press advisory: Indiana Congressional Delegation sends letter of support for defunding Planned Parenthood

June 1, 2011

Eight members of Indiana’s Congressional Delegation have co-signed a letter in support of Indiana’s law defunding Planned Parenthood to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging the HHS to respect the intent of the Indiana state legislature and to accept the will of the people of Indiana.

The letter, which was submitted to Secretary Sebelius on May 27, 2011, is signed by eight of the eleven members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation, including Senator Dan Coats, Senator Richard Lugar, Representative Larry Bucshon, Representative Dan Burton, Representative Mike Pence, Representative Todd Rokita, Representative Marlin Stutzman, and Representative Todd Young.

Indiana Congressional Delegation letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius

A focal point of the Indiana Congressional Delegation’s letter is support for Indiana’s closing of public funding loopholes that undermine the spirit of Hyde Amendment restrictions on federal monies, particularly when public funds for non-abortion services are used to pay for total operational costs.  “In reality, by paying for total operational costs, these subsidies free other funds for abortions,” states the letter.  “Passage of HEA 1210 has effectively closed any potential loophole and committed Hoosiers to the true intent of the Hyde Amendment.”   The State of Indiana underscored these concerns last week by asserting that Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s audited financial statements for 2009-2010 “provide no record that PPIN makes any effort either to segregate Medicaid reimbursements from other unrestricted revenue sources or to allocate the costs of its various lines of business.”

The Indiana Congressional Delegation letter also affirms that Indiana’s new law fulfills Medicaid’s commitment to non-abortion services, noting, “Despite consistent claims to the contrary, Indiana law does not change Medicaid recipients’ benefits.  It only changes where Hoosiers receive their benefits.”

“The majority of Indiana’s congressional delegation has spoken clearly in support of Indiana’s right to  end public funding for businesses that do abortions in Indiana,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO. “We trust that Secretary Sebelius will respect this right and will affirm Indiana’s right to structure its own Medicaid program.”    

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