The Obama administration has forced multiple states to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. In two cases, the administration has filed legal papers taking on states in court by siding with the abortion giant in its attempt to overturn de-funding laws.
Last week, the Obama administration-Planned Parenthood partnership was successful in defeating the state of Arizona. Today, that partnership won at the appeals court level against the state of Indiana.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List, lamented that second win today after hearing news of the appeals court decision in the Indiana case.
“I just learned moments ago that the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals just handed down a decision that will FORCE the state of Indiana’s Medicaid program to fund Planned Parenthood — despite the Hoosier state passing legislation to get taxpayers OUT of the abortion industry,” she said. “The Obama Administration filed a brief demanding that Planned Parenthood funding continue — and even threatened to pull over $4 billion in Medicaid funding from the Hoosier State if they didn’t keep taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood flowing.”
“Today’s court decision is a reminder that we must defeat President Obama if we are going to fully defund Planned Parenthood the nearly half billion in taxpayer funding they receive each year out of our very own pockets,” Dannenfelser said, adding her group would continue to “work to defeat the Abortion President so we can finally defund Planned Parenthood, America’s abortion giant, of every single tax dollar they receive.”
“Over the last two years – as 14 states have introduced or enacted measures to end taxpayer funding of abortion businesses – America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood has been able to rely only on sympathetic courts and the Obama Administration to buck the will of the taxpayers,” she added. “Despite misinformation from the highest levels – including President Obama’s recent repetition of the falsehood that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms – more and more Americans have concluded that this abortion-centered business does not need or deserve taxpayer dollars. Planned Parenthood may have been handed a victory in the court but is losing, more importantly, in the court of public opinion.”
“Cecile Richards has taken a leave of absence as CEO of Planned Parenthood to campaign full time for Barack Obama,” she said. “It’s the least Cecile could do! Obama is fantastic for her abortion business, as today’s court decision has shown.”
“In addition to the “all-access” pass the White House grants to Planned Parenthood’s abortion lobbyists, Obama has rewarded Planned Parenthood with hundreds of millions in federal tax money to fuel the largest expansion of abortion in history. And if that isn’t enough, he’s given them two new pro-abortion Supreme Court Justices with lifetime appointments,” Dannenfelser said.
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Indiana Right to Life’s Legislative Director, Sue Swayze, was also upset by the ruling.
“Today’s ruling means that unelected judges are forcing Indiana to subsidize our state’s largest abortion business – Planned Parenthood – through Medicaid funding in spite of the clear intent of the Indiana legislature,” said Swayze. “This is a loss for every taxpayer in Indiana. We urge the State to appeal this ruling and we remain confident we will one day see an outcome that protects taxpayers.”
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden condemned the decision as well.
“The will of Indiana taxpayers to close loopholes so that their money isn’t used to fund the operations of abortion sellers should be respected. During these tough economic times, it makes no sense to contradict the will of the people of Indiana, who don’t believe abortionists deserve to receive government funding,” he told LifeNews.
SBA List’s Dannenfelser continued: “President Obama touts his top political ally, Planned Parenthood, as a friend of women and young girls, but the numbers tell a different story. In 2010, Planned Parenthood performed more than 329,000 abortions, making up 91 percent of their pregnancy services. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performs 392 abortions. Planned Parenthood even opposes commonsense parental notification laws aimed at protecting young girls in abusive situations – and has previously been caught in the act of aiding alleged human traffickers. That’s not options counseling or looking out for the best interests of women, that’s a profit-driven abortion mill. Taxpayers across the country want out of the abortion industry and pro-life lawmakers will not stop until working until every dime of taxpayer funding is cut from Planned Parenthood.”