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Planned Parenthood would lose its state and federal funding under a bill the State Senate amended Monday. Indianapolis Senator Scott Schneider offered the amendment prohibiting state agencies from awarding federal grant dollars to any organization performing abortions – most notably, Planned Parenthood. Schneider said he felt morally obligated to offer the amendment for one reason. “That Hoosier taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize an organization who performs abortion or supports abortion, period,” said Schneider.
But Evansville Republican Senator Vaneta Becker said the amendment will have other, more serious effects. “I’m just very concerned about this particular amendment because I think you’re just going to end up denying women healthcare services, reproductive healthcare services as well as cancer treatment, ” Becker said.
Becker and other senators said current state and federal law already prohibit any public funding from going towards abortions, while Schneider said those laws could end soon. The amendment passed 36 to 13 and now the bill moves to final passage in the Senate.