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Lawmaker wants state to stop funding Planned Parenthood

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An Indiana legislative committee could vote Thursday on whether to advance a proposal that would prohibit any state contracts or grants with Planned Parenthood or other organizations that provide abortions.

Republican Rep. Matt Ubelor of Bloomfield said he wants to cut off about $1.6 million that Planned Parenthood of Indiana receives from the state for medical services not involving abortions.

He told the House Public Policy Committee on Wednesday that he didn't want to reduce the availability of women's health services, but believed abortion providers shouldn't receive taxpayer funding.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana president Betty Cockrum said 94 percent of its work doesn't involve abortions. She said the group provides thousands of women with pelvic exams and education about preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

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  • "94% of its work?"
    "94% of its work? Interesting way to twist the facts.
    I wonder what percentage of its FUNDS are from abortion.
    After the expose's that have been done about planned parenthood clinics covering up child sex acts, ignoring health codes, etc. I can't believe ANY public funding is going to them. Let those who use their "services" pay for them.
  • Great Job
    It ia astonishing that the State ever contracted with Planned Parenthood to begin with. More power to Rep. Ubelor. While these non-abortion services have merit, they don't have to be provided by Planned Parenthood, which is the largest provider of abortions in the country.
  • So
    So does Mr. Ubelor have another idea for those women to receive health care or is he just interested in imposing his religion and that's about the extent of his concern? PP needs to do a way better job of marketing themselves and telling their story. They've let the Religious Right have the mic for way too long.

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