A follow-up on this story is below, Mary Ann.Catechist Kevin-----------------------------------Federal judge denies Planned Parenthood request for restraining order to block new defunding lawA federal judge today denied a Planned Parenthood of Indiana request for a restraining order against a new Indiana law that denies state-directed funding for abortion businesses in Indiana, declaring that no emergency existed that would warrant such a restraining order. "This is a major setback for Planned Parenthood. Obviously it had hoped to keep public funding flowing its operations as long as possible," notes Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. "It's all about abortion for Planned Parenthood. If it wants to remain eligible for state-directed funds, it can close its abortion operations today." Fichter notes that Planned Parenthood threats to turn women away from its offices are irresponsible, stating, "If Planned Parenthood intends to turn women away for non-abortion services, it should at least provide these women with a detailed list of the hundreds of Medicaid providers and pregnancy resource centers that will meet their needs."Planned Parenthood of Indiana currently operates three abortion clinics in Indianapolis, Merrillville, and Bloomington that collectively account for over half of Indiana's roughly 10,000 abortions each year. Contrary to Planned Parenthood's claims that low-income women will lose access to health care in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels has affirmed that there are 800 Medicaid providers in the counties in which centers related to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses stand to lose access to state-directed funding.There are 231 Medicaid providers in the three counties in which Planned Parenthood currently operates its Indiana abortion clinics.
Only 4 of the PPs in Indiana provide abortions. I'm not sure if the funding cuts affect the other 24 locations.
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