Planned Parenthood of Indiana Clinics to Close on Wednesday

Many Planned Parenthood of Indiana clinics have made the tough decision to close for one day on Wednesday, June 22nd.

"A measure state lawmakers approved in April and Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law in May would block Medicaid funds and other government dollars from going to Planned Parenthood because the organization offers abortions at some of its clinics.

Even though abortions are not covered under Medicaid, the legislators who supported the measure said they do not want to risk taxpayer dollars being entangled with the service.

"The state’s request is putting an undue burden on women by causing further delays. Our 9,300 Medicaid patients, including those who had appointments Tuesday, are going to see their care disrupted," Cockrum said."

The closings will ensure that the clinics have enough funds to remain in operation until the end of this month, when Judge Tonya Walton Pratt is expected to determine a ruling as to whether this new law violates federal law.

"Meanwhile, another step the organization is taking to reduce costs is laying off two sexually transmitted disease prevention specialists at its Muncie office, until further notice.

The money it expects to lose is $1.3 million in Medicaid dollars, plus another $150,000 for sexually transmitted disease prevention. That adds up to a third of its total budget.”