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Planned Parenthood To Extend Service For Current Patients

Medicaid patients in Indiana will still be able to go to Planned Parenthood for at least a little while longer. The organization plans to extend service to its current Medicaid patients through at least May 21. A federal judge denied a temporary stay Wednesday of a law cutting all government funding to Planned Parenthood in Indiana.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana spokeswoman Kate Shepherd said the organization has collected about $30,000 since the General Assembly announced it would vote on defunding, the majority of which was from unsolicited donors. She said clinics would like to offer covered services to all Medicaid patients, but have had to limit their services due to budgetary constraints.

“At this point, we need to take care of the patients who have been coming to us for years, who are relying on us, who need their birth control pills every month, those types of things,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd said Planned Parenthood will reevaluate the situation after the 21st to determine if services can be extended further. She says only one letter asking for donations has been sent so far, and there are no current plans to send another.

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