Isn’t that classic leftist propagandizing? Abortion providers lose funding and their apologists point to the way the poor and disadvantaged will allegedly be deprived of preventative healthcare. (What kind of world must we live in where taking the life of a preborn child in cold blood is equated with preventative healthcare?) This is in spite of the fact that in most places, a plethora of alternatives, public and charitable, provide basic health care to women and their preborn babies.
The third state, Indiana, differs from the other two in that the legislation defunding Planned Parenthood not only survived the legislature, but the governor as well. The bill which Gov. Mitch Daniels signed, Indiana House Bill 1210, is one of the first – but likely not the last - to prohibit the use of Medicaid at Planned Parenthood clinics.
Subsequently, Planned Parenthood of Indiana filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary injunction and lost. Now Betty Cockrum, president of PPIN, is “deeply disappointed…that 9,300 Medicaid patients at…28 [PPIN] locations have lost services from their preferred provider.”
While seeing these things happen in Kansas, North Carolina, and Indiana is encouraging, even better is the fact that these appear to be but the tip of the iceberg. Wisconsin’s legislature is already headed down the same path, and lawmakers in states like Texas, Tennessee, and Minnesota are considering similar legislation. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “cut $7.5 million from the state budget for 58 clinics specializing in women’s reproductive health, effectively eliminating any public funding for family planning services.”
Throughout American history, states have led the fight when the people are engaged and ready for real, substantive change: the current efforts by the legislatures of these various states remind us that this is so. It is a bottom-up fight—a grassroots effort—where citizens have grown weary of their tax dollars being funneled into the coffers of Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills that turn those tax dollars into blood money.
Steven H. Aden is senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. Aden heads ADF’s work to defend the sanctity of life in court from its Washington, D.C., regional service center.