Pence To Review Abortion Money After SCOTUS Declines Appeal

The governor says action could come on the regulatory side or through further discussion in the Indiana General Assembly.

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Lawmakers could take up the abortion funding issue again after a 2011 law restricting it was struck down and the U.S. Supreme Court wouldn't hear the state's appeal.

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.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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