Ind. Senate OKs Cutting Medicaid Coverage for Planned Parenthood

Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 11:42 AM

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Indiana moved toward becoming the first state in the nation to end Medicaid coverage for Planned Parenthood, approving a bill to cut off federal money for the abortion provider, USA Today reported Wednesday.

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“The taxpayers will no longer fund an organization that provides abortion as part of their services that they give to the public," said Sen. Michael Young, an Indianapolis Republican and a co-sponsor of the bill.

State lawmakers on Tuesday also approved a bill that shortens the window in which women can have abortions and requires that doctors inform patients about infertility linked to the procedure.

"It does in my opinion help women," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis. "It helps them with objective scientific information."

No other state has cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. However, Kansas lawmakers are considering a similar measure.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, a Republican from Indiana recently pushed to ban federal funding for the agency at the national level, but the measure died in the U.S. Senate.

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