Planned Parenthood At Risk of Losing State Funding

State funds given to Planned Parenthood could be eliminated under a bill making its way through the statehouse.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana Cheers Reform Bill

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A bill making its way through the statehouse would cut funding to any organization that performs abortions.

A bill passed out of the Public Policy committee would cut funding to any organizations that perform abortions, though Linton Representative Matt Ubelhor, the bill’s author, singled out Planned Parenthood as the prime example.

“I think that they promote abortions.” Ubelhor said.

Indiana Right to Life representative Sue Swayze says the cut to funding would not seriously affect Planned Parenthood.

“They will still be able to operate if the government sections off dollars, taxpayer dollars is removed,” Swayze said.

But Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum says her organization would be hobbled by the change.

“Would we stop entirely?” Cockrum asked. “No. We would reduce the number served by 22,000.”

The committee also passed a bill Thursday that would require doctors to inform women seeking an abortion that the fetus might feel pain.

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