Panel OKs pulling Indiana Planned Parenthood money

February 17, 2011

An Indiana legislative committee has approved a proposal that would prohibit any state contracts or grants with Planned Parenthood or other organizations that provide abortions.

The House Public Policy Committee voted 7-3 Thursday to send the bill to the full House.

Republican Rep. Matt Ubelhor of Bloomfield says he sponsored the bill because he wants to cut off about $1.6 million that Planned Parenthood of Indiana receives from the state for medical services. Planned Parenthood, the state's largest abortion provider, says that money is used for non-abortion services.

Republican Rep. Sean Eberhart of Shelbyville said he opposed abortion, but voted against the bill because it would withdraw money from an organization that provides many health services to the disadvantaged.

Planned Parenthood officials say it provides thousands of women with pelvic exams and education about preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

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