Statement issued Thursday:
(Indianapolis) – Due to an ongoing and meaningful outpouring of financial support from women and men across the country, Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) is able to continue to cover the costs of care to its established Medicaid patients through at least Monday, May 30.
Incredibly, PPIN has received more than $50,000 in donations since the Indiana legislature and Gov. Mitch Daniels made the decision through HEA 1210 to unplug 9,300 Medicaid patients from health care at their preferred provider.
HEA 1210 bars the state from entering into contracts with, or granting to, any entities (other than hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers) that provide abortions. PPIN is fighting this new law in U.S. District Court; last week the organization filed an injunction contending that HEA 1210 is unconstitutional and violates federal law.
“Women and men from 44 states and from as far away as Belgium and the United Kingdom have generously donated to help fund patient care,” said PPIN President and CEO Betty Cockrum. “They’ve told us that they are shocked that the political leaders of our state have stripped away funding for preventive, reproductive care for low-income Hoosiers, and they want to ensure that our patients continue to be served by their local Planned Parenthood health centers.”
PPIN hopes to be able to extend services beyond May 30. Because this uptick in donations is in response to the state’s defunding law, PPIN is investing these dollars directly into Pap tests, breast exams, STD testing and treatment and birth control for the newly disenfranchised.
“Let’s be clear: This is a temporary fix, and these one-time donations will not continue indefinitely,” Cockrum said. “We’re getting these donations because people are outraged, as they should be.
“Our request for an injunction remains our best long-term hope for providing our patients with the high-quality, affordable health care they deserve.”
The U.S. District Court in Indianapolis is expected to hold a hearing on PPIN’s request for an injunction on June 6.