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Despite Debate, PPIN Officials Encouraged By Health Reform Bill

Despite abortion funding becoming a major focus of debate before the health care bill’s passing, Planned Parenthood officials say they’re pleased with the outcome. U.S. law mandates no federal dollars can be used to pay for an abortion and as votes for the health care reform bill came down to the wire, legislators worked to ensure the language in the bill clearly ruled out that possibility. But Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum said she’s a fan of the new health care reform nonetheless.

“What health care reform will do in ensure that more women and men are making well informed decisions about whether and when to plan a pregnancy and its unplanned pregnancy that leads to abortions so I’m sure we will see fewer,” Cockrum said.

She said that’s because of 75-million dollars earmarked for what’s known as evidence-based sex education, as well as greater access to care for a demographic she said she typically sees in her offices.

“They now will be able to get access to affordable basic health care services such as those that we provide,” Cockrum said. “Specifically, I’m talking about PAP tests, annual exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, really truly basic health care and those people that weren’t able to be served before will now be able to be served.”

Cockrum said Planned Parenthood will likely continue the same rate of service as it will remain among the bill’s class of “preferred providers.”

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