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Below, please find statements from Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, regarding Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ announcement that he was signing legislation that would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds to provide basic, primary and lifesaving preventive health care to women and families.

Betty Cockrum, President of Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN)

“The signing of HB 1210 into law is unconscionable and unspeakable.  We will now suffer the consequences of lawmakers who have no regard for fact-based decision making and sound public health policy. 

“As many as 22,000 low-income Hoosiers will lose their medical home.  Countless patients will find themselves without access to lifesaving tests to avoid the tragic outcomes of cervical and breast cancer and epidemic sexually transmitted disease here in Indiana.  

“What are the consequences of taking away federal funding that passes through the state to PPIN?  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that the legalization of birth control was one of the 10 most meaningful advances in public health policy in the last century.  And yet our legislative leadership has unplugged those most in need from that essential service.  They are creating a lose-lose for Hoosiers.  Decreased birth control means more unintended pregnancy.  More unintended pregnancy means increased Medicaid spending.  Indiana already has one of the highest rates of Medicaid-covered births.  The cost is already 450 million dollars.  Logic would suggest that those births will lead to Medicaid-covered dependents for perhaps 18 years.  The lawmakers have outdone themselves in contributing further to the cycle of poverty here in Indiana, where 22 percent of our children live below the poverty line.

“We will be filing an injunction immediately to try to halt this alarming erosion of public health policy in our state.”

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“It’s outrageous that Governor Mitch Daniels has decided to abandon his short-lived truce on social issues to sign a dangerous bill that would have a devastating impact on women’s health and take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana, leaving them at greater risk for undetected cancers, untreated infections and unintended pregnancies.  Clearly, Governor Daniels would rather play politics with women’s health than show leadership and fiscal responsibility in rejecting a bill that will ultimately cost the state millions in federal funding. If Governor Daniels chooses to run for president, his decision to sign this bill will make it harder for him to win key women voters.”