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Governor Mike Pence says Indiana will explore all its options regarding funding to Planned Parenthood after the U-S Supreme Court Tuesday opted against hearing the state’s appeal to the overturning of Indiana’s 2011 abortion funding law. The Court’s decision will allow Planned Parenthood to continue receiving public dollars. Pence says he’s disappointed in the decision and doesn’t believe taxpayers should have to support the nation’s largest abortion provider:
“I just remain convinced that we can provide quality health for Indiana women and respect the values of Hoosier taxpayers,” Pence says.
But Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum says if the state continues pushing efforts to defund her organization, thousands of Hoosier women will lose access to services such as breast exams and Pap tests:
“We’re a provider in so many locations across the state, it needs to stay in place,” she says.
Pence says his administration could consider further legal action, legislation in the General Assembly or regulatory action.