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Indiana Anti-Abortion Law Blocked Again

Indiana Anti-Abortion Law Blocked Again

A year ago, the state of Indiana attempted to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization offered abortions as a service. A federal hearing officer opposed this logic stating that such a law would deny women the right to choose their health care provider under Medicaid.

This year, the same anti-abortion legislation is facing an equally hard uphill battle. Medicaid officials state that an attempt to block Medicaid funding conflicts with the statute that allows patients to choose their health care providers.

A hearing officer this past week argued that the original decision made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year should be upheld this year, the Associated Press reports.

Conversely, the Indiana attorney general’s office wants to appeal the original decision to allow the continuation of Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood patients. Indiana has argued over the last year that allowing funds to reach Planned Parenthood indirectly funded abortions.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana CEO Betty Cockrum communicated her satisfaction at the federal government’s block on the anti-abortion funding legislation. In an official statement, she said:

While we were not a party to this proceeding, we appreciate yet another positive outcome and continue to work every day to serve our patients and their reproductive health care needs.  All 28 of our health centers remain open, despite Indiana being the poster child for the nationwide legislative assault on women’s rights and the ability to choose.

The original 2011 law that was proposed last year would have made Indiana the first state in the country to deny an organization Medicaid funds for health services, such as general health and cancer screenings. All of the 28 clinics in Indiana remain open despite these recent threats to funding.

The state still hopes to file an exception to the current law. A possible change could require Planned Parenthood to establish separate funds for abortion procedures. The hearing officer maintains that restricting the choice of a provider based on non-covered care is simply not allowed.

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5:55PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Well said Shawn A.

5:54PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Nancy M, pregnancy does NOT start UNTIL implantation! It's a SCIENTIFIC FACT. Therefore, what will happen if a zygote fails to implant will be the same thing that a woman who doesn't want to get pregnant will be glad to see-her PERIOD.

Also, your arguments that birth control pills, Plan B, and implants are abortifacients are nothing more than anti-choice lies and horse hockey. Plan B and the Pill PREVENT OVULATION. If there's no egg to fertilize, there's no pregnancy. The result? Again, a period. Ditto the IUDs.

Furthermore, you forgot about a little string attached to the laws called the HYDE AMENDMENT. Thanks to that, no federal funds can be used for abortions!

Lastly, it's NOBODY'S BUSINESS BUT HER OWN what a woman decides to do or not do when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. It's definitely none of your business, so quit trying to tell the rest of us women what we can or cannot do with our own bodies! Against abortion? Then simply don't have one! However, you have NO right to impose your views on the rest of the world.

Quit drinking the Kool-Aid and go back to science class.

11:42AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Nancy M, Plan B is not a Chemical Abortion. Once you stoop to LYING to justify your stance, you have already lost.

11:20AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Thanks for the info. Every woman has a right to make choices about what happens to her body.

10:55AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Life IS about choices and freedom to make them. Tell the "pro-lifers" to stay out of my body and my doctor-patient relation. The pro-lifers have zero credence until they adopt every single baby born without love.

8:05AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Funny that one of the complaints that the Right Wing has against Obamacare is that it would not allow you to choose your own medical provider. (Not true, btw.) But, when it meets their needs, they would like to do just that to women.

7:51AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

The women of this country, who make up MORE than half the population, need to rise up and demand the same sovereignty over their own bodies that men take for granted as their natural right. Until a man can grow a womb and endure an unwanted/unhealthy pregnancy, a man should have NO SAY in what a woman can and can't do with her body. No womb, no opinion. Period.

7:33AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

John M.: Set mus an example and have yourself castrated.

6:00AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

With abstinence,nothing else is required...

5:04AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

It is not the governments place to dictate what anyone can do with their own body. Nor is it their place to dictate where anyone seeks medical care. Abortion is legal in this country. We need to stop allowing states to try to work around federal law. In the first place we need one set of laws for the whole country, not individual states doing what ever they feel like. We do not need 50+ sets of laws. One Land, One Law. Just think what the states could do with all the money they waste trying to get around federal laws.

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