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Indiana to Cut Planned Parenthood Funds

April 30, 2011
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The state of Indiana is ending Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

The group says Medicaid dollars go for annual exams, birth control and breast cancer screening.

Abortion rights supporters said the decision would affect 22,000 poor residents of Indiana. Planned Parenthood has 28 health facilities in the state.

Medicaid does not pay for abortions, except in special cases, such as rape and incest. Abortion opponents said women on Medicaid could go to other health facilities all over Indiana

The bill cuts off about $2 million in Medicaid financing to Planned Parenthood. Governor Mitch Daniels said he would restore funding for other services if the organization stopped doing abortions.

Observers say Governor Daniels’s may be planning to run for president.

The New York Times



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