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Planned Parenthood: Allen County sets ‘dangerous’ precedent

Statement issued Friday:

(Fort Wayne) - Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) believes the compromise “patient safety” measure is less onerous than the ordinance the Allen County Commissioners initially drafted in 2008. However, a better ordinance does not necessarily mean a good, or needed, ordinance. This measure leads to bigger government and “corrects” a problem for which there are already numerous solutions in place on the state level or in the courts.

This ordinance was originally only aimed at abortion providers in the county and now includes many more types of procedures and medical providers. While Planned Parenthood of Indiana does not perform abortions in Allen County and would be unaffected by this measure, we believe it sets a dangerous, and possibly illegal, precedent that could be followed by other counties who are seeking to limit or eliminate legal abortions.

Not only does this ordinance lead to more government bureaucracy, it may exceed the county’s authority under Indiana State Law. This could open the county up to costly and time-consuming lawsuits. The Center for Reproductive Rights has already expressed that the measure may be over-reaching and could exceed the Allen County Board of Commissioners’ authority under Indiana’s Home Rule Act. The Home Rule Act specifically prohibits local governmental units from regulating conduct already regulated by the state, unless the authority to do so is expressly granted by state statute.

Supporters of these kinds of ordinance are backers of bigger government that is frankly unnecessary, at a time when there are many other pressing issues for local government to address and when most local governments are cutting back on expenses. This unnecessary layer of government bureaucracy will further increase costs to Allen County Government and taxpayers.

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