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In an effort to urge Governor Mitch Daniels to veto legislation cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the group has organized rallies across the state.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum said the funding cuts would mean 22,000 fewer Hoosier women will have access to preventative health measures like Pap smears, breast exams, birth control and STD testing.
“I’m just astounded at the failure of the authors of this bill and the proponents of this move that they actually call this a measure that’s going to help save the unborn. Au contraire,” said Cockrum.
Cockrum said without the birth control and preventative health measures Planned Parenthood provides, the state will see more unplanned pregnancies and thus more abortions. But supporters of the bill say there are other facilities available for Hoosier women seeking those services. That’s something Governor Daniels says he’s directing the Family and Social Services Administration to inform women about. The rallies are scheduled to take place around Indiana through Wednesday, though a Planned Parenthood spokesperson says those rallies may be extended.