P. Parenthood Office Seeks to Stop Defunding Bill

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana will fight a new measure to cut off funding to the state's abortion providers by seeking an injunction to stop the bill from becoming law.

The measure has already passed both the Indiana House and Senate and Gov. Mitch Daniels said last week he will sign it.

Daniels said he supported the abortion restrictions from the outset and that the provision added to defund abortion providers did not change his mind. He said women's health, family planning, and other services will remain available.

"The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers," Daniels said in a statement announcing his intention to sign the bill when it arrives on his desk.

If the measure becomes law, it will make Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana said in a statement it would file an injunction to "try to halt this alarming erosion of public health policy in our state."

Organization president Betty Cockrum said that the bill would cost thousands of patients access to health screenings and other non-abortion services.

"We will now suffer the consequences of lawmakers who have no regard for fact-based decision making and sound public health policy," she said.

Planned Parenthood has 28 centers located throughout the Hoosier State. 

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