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More than $100,000 in outside donations to Planned Parenthood of Indiana mean the company’s clinics will serve Medicaid patients until at least June 15th.
Donations made to Planned Parenthood of Indiana in the wake of the passage of government defunding legislation reached six figures Tuesday. That allowed Planned Parenthood of Indiana president Betty Cockrum to announce another funding extension.
Still, Cockrum says relying on donations – most of which have come from first-time donors – is not a long-term solution.
“We cannot sustain this,” she said, “without those very special, generous gifts and they will stop.”
There are two, more permanent solutions Cockrum has in mind. One is a lawsuit currently in federal court that would block the legislation. The other is action at the federal level forcing Indiana to either resume government funding of Planned Parenthood or lose federal money given to the state for family planning services…or all of its Medicaid funding.