The Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services has challenged a new Indiana law that prohibits federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state. In a letter, officials have informed Indiana that the new law, which blocks their Department of Health from signing contracts with abortion providers, would supposedly violate federal statutes governing Medicaid and endanger the state’s participation in the program.
This administrative decision endangers a provision in the compromise budget currently making its way through the North Carolina Legislature. Like the Indiana law, the measure would prohibit state and federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood or its affiliates. Meanwhile, the North Carolina budget provision has come under attack from Planned Parenthood and its Democratic allies. The organization held a small rally at the Legislature yesterday to protest its potential loss of funds.
In a statement, the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List attacked the Obama administration’s attack on the Indiana law.
“Secretary Sebelius is strong-arming states like Indiana to protect the Administration’s powerful ally Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Since the fight to defund the abortion provider has moved from the national to the state level, the organization has been exposed as a billion dollar business centered on abortion and an unapologetic partner of those who wish to exploit young girls. Their pro-woman image has been shattered, and the Administration is struggling to protect their bruised ally.
“Women can and do have access to health services across the state of Indiana, and other states considering defunding Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars should work boldly to do so.”
The provision is one of several pro-life measures under consideration in the General Assembly at the moment. Other legislation under consideration includes approving a new “Choose Life” license plate and the Women’s Right to Know Act which requires that a woman be informed of information regarding the unborn child and abortion alternatives at least 24 hours before an abortion.