State agency rejects Planned Parenthood tax credit

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana said Monday it has lost a key fundraising tool because of a new law that strips the not-for-profit of state funding.

Planned Parenthood said its application for a Neighborhood Assistance Program grant was wrongly rejected by Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority. The grant program allows donors to charitable organizations to get 50 percent of their money back as a tax credit and is designed to spur community services. For instance, a donation of $500 would net a tax credit of $250.

The IHCDA wrote in a June 1 letter that it had rejected Planned Parenthood's application because of the new state law barring the group from receiving state money because it provides abortions.

Planned Parenthood is challenging the law in federal court. The new law is also at the center of a showdown between the state and the Obama administration which has the potential to deprive the state of $4.3 billion in federal Medicaid money.

Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said she was surprised when she received the agency's letter, in part because she does not think the state law applies to this grant program.

The grant is less a source of money for Planned Parenthood and more a source of money for the donors, she said. She said she did not know of any other pools of state money that might be shut off to the group.

"We're not looking for any more surprises," Cockrum said.

Grants in the past two years helped Planned Parenthood leverage more than $21,000 in donations, she said. Cockrum expected one this year would help raise about $10,000 to provide preventive healthcare to low-income men and women.

An IHDCA spokeswoman declined to comment on Cockrum's assertions, pointing only to the one-paragraph letter sent to the group.


  • please....
    I fail to see how abortion is healthcare (unless the woman's life is in danger). If Planned Parenthood stopped doing abortions, they would get state funding from Indiana, period. There is nothing healthy about ripping a child from it's mother's womb when our bodies are designed to protect that child. But first you would have to view the fetus as a child, unfortunately many people don't. The baby is genetically a separate entity, so this isn't about having a say over one's body. There are many other places poor women can go to for healthcare besides P.P. and they offer a wider range of health services including the mammograms that P.P. doesn't offer (my health department offers OB/GYN appts., birth control, mammograms and other exams and testing for free to the poor and uninsured).
  • Indiana In Stone Ages
    Wow Indiana is in the Stone Ages. I bet there are many of these people in our legislature supporting these initiatives that have either had abortions, their daughters have had abortions, or family members have had abortions at their direction. There are so many skeletons in these politicians closets. They just try to look like they are "holier than thou", but in fact THEY ARE NOT!!!!
  • Agency death knell
    So--no state funding and removing incentives for private funding. Boy, Indiana really doesn't think poor women deserve health care, do they?
    • Decrease Abortions fund P.P.
      Oh Chris your ignorance is so profound. 1st abortions are legal medical procedure in this country. 2nd no governmental dollars goes towards funding abortions. 3rd DENYING ACCESS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD INCREASES ABORTIONS.
      Both sides need to work together to reduce the number of abortions not outlaw it.
    • Not a grant
      This article is misleading. This is NOT a grant as the organization does not receive any money from this entity. It's tax credits for donors only. Not a grant.

      If a donor feels strongly enough about the cause, they should still want to give even if the State of Indiana isn't giving them an additional incentive (tax credit). Plenty of organizations survive without NAP tax credits.
    • Feel Free
      If you want to fund abortions feel free. Place an add on Cragslist or put a sticker on your car bumper that reads; Go ahead practice unsafe sex, sleep around get pregnate whatever your storey if you want an abortion I'm here ready and willing to pay for it. I don't feel like I should HAVE to pay for the abortions that I disagree with. If you want to again, feel free to do so.
    • to see throught the political BS--I agree!.
      A state legislature of such ''holy people'' who toot and laud their Evangelical radical stupidity. And, thes people wonder why others are beginning to dislike them so.
      If companies or individuals want to make contributions to Planned Parenthood to reduce some of their tax liabilites they should be able to do so. There are individuals and companies that STILL support this organization that are willing to see throught the political BS.

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