Jun 22, 2011



INDIANAPOLIS — The consequences of efforts to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood are now being felt.

In Indiana, Planned Parenthood will stop treating Medicaid patients and lay off two of three specialists after $100,000 in donations it had been using to replace state money ran out this week.

A state law cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana took effect May 10.

"Our 9,300 Medicaid patients … are going to see their care disrupted," says Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

Legislatures in Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina and Wisconsin have voted to defund Planned Parenthood. The moves are law in the first three. Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin is expected to sign a state budget with a similar provision by June 30.

Although an effort in Congress to end the flow of federal dollars to the organization failed, funding of a federal program that provides family planning services to low-income women was reduced. Federal funding of abortions is illegal.

Cuts in federal funds mean six Planned Parenthood clinics in Minnesota will close Aug. 1. "I'm outraged," says Sarah Stoesz, president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.


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