Indiana Right to Life Statement on Medicaid Agreement between Planned Parenthood and Indiana

July 30, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter released the following statement after the State of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed an agreement in federal court over the 2011 state law to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds because it provides abortions. The agreement, which still needs to be approved by a federal judge, will end the state’s legal battle to enforce the 2011 law.

“The news of this agreement is not surprising, but it is disappointing. Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider, will continue to receive funds through the Medicaid program, effectively freeing up other monies to expand and support its abortion business. Hoosiers don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars going to an organization that ends of the lives of the unborn, and this agreement keeps the funding spigot turned on.

“Even though the Medicaid funding portion of the 2011 law does not stand, we are thankful that Planned Parenthood no longer receives federal block grants administered by the state as specified in the law and as upheld by the 7th Circuit Court. This is a small silver lining.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana is Indiana’s largest abortion provider and does more than 5,000 abortions each year.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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