Indiana Democrats Resist Ending Tax-Funding of Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

State   Steven Ertelt   Feb 24, 2009   |   9:00AM    WASHINGTON, DC

Indiana Democrats Resist Ending Tax-Funding of Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 24
, 2009

Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — An Indiana pro-life organization says the Democrats who control the state House of Representatives purposefully blocked an effort to stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. That is the state’s largest abortion business that was recently accused of covering up cases of statutory rape.

Rep. Jackie Walorski had proposed an amendment to a budget bill related to Medicaid services, which funds family planning programs, to prevent the state from forcing taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood.

Mike Fichter, the head of Indiana Right to Life, tells LifeNews.com that House Speaker Pat Bauer, normally a pro-life Democrat, issued a ruling claiming the amendment was not germane to the bill.

"Democrats in the Indiana House teamed up late yesterday to block [the amendment] to block state tax dollars from going to Indiana’s largest abortion provider," Fichter explained.

Not only did Bauer betray his pro-life principles, Fichter said, but other Democrats who take a pro-life position against abortion did as well.

"The final vote of 50-47 ran strictly along party lines with no Democrat willing to stand in the way of Speaker of the House Pat Bauer’s ruling that Walorski’s amendment was not germane," Fichter added.

"Yesterday will be remembered as a day when Indiana’s largest abortion provider stood to lose its grip on your tax dollars until House Democrats bailed them out," Fichter told LifeNews.com.

Some of the Democrats who resisted the effort to stop sending government money the abortion business included state representatives like Dennis Avery, Chester Dobis, Michael Dvorak, and Bob Bischoff who had compiled longtime pro-life voting records.

Videos showed Planned Parenthood centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis covering up a potential case of sexual abuse and urging a young woman to go out of state for an abortion without her parents knowing. https://www.lifenews.com/state3678.html https://www.lifenews.com/state3709.html

Such a secret abortion would violate Indiana’s parental involvement laws.

Related web sites:
See the roll call vote at
https://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2009/PDF/Hrollcal/0178.PDF.pdf
Indiana Right to Life – https://www.protectinglife.com

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