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The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority denied Planned Parenthood’s application to participate in the Neighborhood Assistance Program. The program allows tax credits to be distributed to people and businesses who make donations to applicable nonprofit organizations. Planned Parenthood had participated for the last two years, collecting more than 21 thousand dollars.
As a reason for its denial the IHDCA cited the recent Indiana legislation that cut off funding from organizations that perform abortions. But Planned Parenthood of Indiana says the new law shouldn’t impact the tax credit program, because the legislation only prohibits the state from directly contracting with, or granting to, abortion-providing organizations — not their donors.
“There is no state involvement in that infusion of money to help us do our programs. The state’s involvement comes when the donor files his or her tax report, and gets the credit.” Cockrum went on to say that even if the law is struck down by the courts, she doubts Planned Parenthood will be able to participate in the tax credit program.