Indiana Lawmaker Files Bill to Revoke Taxpayer Funding for Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt
January 7, 2010
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — An Indiana state senator has filed a bill that would cancel all state contracts and grants for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, the state’s largest abortion business. The move comes at a time when Planned Parenthood has been criticized for concealing potential cases of statutory rape.
Senator Greg Walker has introduced SB 198, a bill that would get the state government out of the business of funding an abortion organization.
Most recently, Planned Parenthood of Indiana accepted $150,000 in federal grant funding from the Indiana State Department of Health to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
Though the grant didn’t have to do with abortion, pro-life advocates say the money is fungible and that the abortion business would have to spend money it uses to promote and perform abortions on more legitimate services if not for the taxpayer funding.
Planned Parenthood indicated that the most recent grant would be used for salaries of staff members who will build relationships with state residents that could later prompt them to purchase abortions.
Mike Fichter of Indiana Right to Life, says his group supports the legislation.
"Planned Parenthood of Indiana does over half of Indiana’s 10,000 abortions each year at its Indianapolis, Merrilville, and Bloomington abortion sites," he said. "With Indiana in massive revenue deficit, now is the time for the state to withdraw funding for Indiana’s largest abortion business."
Fichter said the legislation has been well-received by fellow pro-life lawmakers and pro-life advocates, saying "lots of buzz is rippling at the Statehouse" about the bill.
In September, Planned Parenthood of Indiana said it would close five of its 34 centers across the state due to changes in the way the federal government allocates family planning funds.
In Indianapolis, the abortion business is closing its center near Michigan Road and 86th Street.
According to a press statement, Planned Parenthood will also close facilities in Anderson, Kokomo, Franklin and Shelbyville.
The centers are closing despite the record amount of money the abortion business received from the federal government in the last fiscal year.The total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments, increased from $337 million to $350 million.
The decision to close the centers comes after an expose’ found two of them hiding instances of possible statutory rape.
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. Such a secret abortion would violate Indiana’s parental involvement laws.
The footage resulted in a staff member resigning from the Indianapolis Planned Parenthood facility and it may lead the state attorney general to launch an investigation.
A prior videotape showing the same thing occurring at a Bloomington, Indiana abortion business led to the firing of the staff member involved.
Related web sites:
Indiana Right to Life – https://www.indianalife.org
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