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Students Urge Donnelly To Defund Planned Parenthood

Mary Carmen Zakrajsek a student at Marion College attended the rally.

Photo: Jill Sheridan

Mary Carmen Zakrajsek a student at Marion College attended the rally.

A student anti-abortion group made a stop at U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s (D-Ind.) office. They want Donnelly to support the latest push to repeal the Affordable Care Act which includes a provision to defund Planned Parenthood.

Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins says Donnelly calls himself pro-life.

“Then voting against funding the single largest abortion vendor in our country should be a very, very easy decision,” she says.

The Graham-Cassidy bill would block the use of Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood. Hawkins says doing that, even for a year, would force some locations to shut.

“They keep many of their clinics in the red, they are able to offset clinics that don’t make a profit because they have the federal piggybank,” says Hawkins.

Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million a year in federal funding but it’s illegal for that money to be spent on abortions.

Mary Carmen Zakrajsek, a student at Marion College, says she would like to see the money directed to other venues.

“There are many alternative options for women, including over 13,000 federally qualified health care centers that are here to provide comprehensive health care for women,” Zakrajsek says.

Opponents have said those centers wouldn’t be able to handle the influx of patients.

The latest repeal effort would restructure Medicaid, which covers many pregnancies in this country.  Hawkins says that could work.

“We have to find a way to bring health care back to the states, to bring it as close to the people as possible,” says Hawkins.

Donnelly declined to comment but has said that he will not support the GOP’s latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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  • TP

    People have choices and apparently people choose PP for their reproductive health needs over the 13,000+ “federally qualified health care centers”. And I don’t see how they can legally ban PP from receiving Medicaid dollars if they are spent on qualifying health services.

  • bengal tiger

    Exactly, many chose PP for their reproductive and other, healthcare needs. The pro-lifers always it seems, qualify their ‘want’ by saying that “federal dollars” go to PP to provide abortions. When the law is perfectly clear that no federal monies can be used for abortion.

  • Rose

    “…voting against funding the single largest abortion vendor in our country should be a very, very easy decision..”–that might be true if Planned Parenthood funding was the only thing involved in the ACA repeal. I think it’s naive to expect a policy-maker to base his/her vote on one aspect of an entire health plan. Just my opinion.

  • lastcamp2

    For my part, Federal dollars should be used for health care services without consideration for issues based on non-scientific and superstitious beliefs. In this case I mean termination of pregnancy by means decided upon by a woman and her physician. If you are against abortion, don’t have one, but don’t impose your values on others, particularly through a government that is supposed to provide equal treatment under the law, and keep us free from having others religious beliefs imposed on us.
    I am weary of these religious crusaders using my government to stick their noses in my business.

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