Rep. Marlin Stutzman reacts to HHS ruling

June 1, 2011

Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued this statement today in reaction to an HHS ruling challenging Indiana’s right to remove public fuding from Indiana’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood:

“I am incredibly disappointed to hear that the Administration has chosen not to approve Indiana’s Medicaid Plan. Last Friday, I worked with my pro-life Hoosier colleagues to send a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In that letter, I firmly asserted my belief that Indiana is well within both the letter and spirit of Federal guidelines.”

“Today, despite this regrettable announcement, I will reiterate the stubborn fact that Indiana’s law will not change Medicaid services. Freedom of choice is preserved. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) identified approximately 800 provider locations that will still provide non-abortion, health and family planning services under the new law. These facts are clear.”

“I take it very seriously when any administration tells a State that it cannot administer its own programs. Health and Human Services should respect the will of Hoosiers who simply ask that their tax dollars do not subsidize an entity that maintains an abortion clinic. The administration cannot quietly strong arm State governments. This is quickly becoming a national issue as lawmakers across the nation are considering similar proposals. I am confident that Indiana will vigorously appeal this determination in the next 60 days, meanwhile the law will remain in effect.”  

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