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Senate Bill Defunds Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood would no longer be able to accept Medicaid patients under a bill the state Senate passed Tuesday.

The bill originally involved informed consent but was amended Monday to include defunding Planned Parenthood. Part of the legislation now includes canceling all state contracts with facilities providing abortions…and one of those contracts is Medicaid. Evansville Senator Vaneta Becker says by denying low income women essential family planning care, the state will lose money.

“For every public dollar spent on family planning in Indiana, we save five dollars in state and federal Medicaid cost,” she said.

But the bill’s sponsor, Indianapolis Senator Pat Miller says the bill is good for the people of Indiana.

“This bill does not change Roe v. Wade, but it does, in my opinion, help women,” said Miller.

Miller says by requiring doctors to provide objective scientific information, women can make better decisions when it comes to abortion. The bill now moves to the House for confirmation.

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