Press advisory: Live Action releases audio of Planned Parenthood of Indiana admitting Medicaid services readily available through other providers
June 29, 2011
New audio recordings of phone calls placed by the national organization Live Action to multiple Planned Parenthood facilities around Indiana provide clear indication that Medicaid services available at Planned Parenthood offices are available at other Medicaid providers contrary to claims made by opponents of the new Indiana law that denies public funding to businesses that do abortions. The law is currently enjoined by order of federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
According to Live Action, the recordings of the phone calls to Planned Parenthood of Indiana offices occurred while the defunding provision of the Indiana law was in full effect. Representatives of Planned Parenthood offices in Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Merrillville, and Fort Wayne are heard acknowledging that the same services Medicaid patients might seek from Planned Parenthood are readily available through other sources including primary care physicians.
“We have consistently stated that Indiana’s new law represents a removal of abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid provider network while preserving all of the Medicaid services that Medicaid patients might seek,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “These recordings remove all doubt that anyone who claims that Indiana’s new law denies or reduces Medicaid benefits is not being truthful. We are hopeful that this information will undergird Indiana’s defense of HEA 1210 as it moves through the courts and regret that these recordings were not available to Judge Pratt prior to her injunction ruling that forces Indiana to resume public funding for Planned Parenthood.”
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