Thursday, June 9, 2011

Obama Threatens to Cut Off Low Income Healthcare Funds to Indiana if They Defund Planned Parenthood

It appears that the killing of unborn children is more important to Obama than the health of low income people in Indiana. Chicago politics at its best.

Last month Indiana voted to defund Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration is not taking kindly that choice. The AP is reporting that the Obama administration may withhold up to $4.3 billion in Medicaid funding for low income healthcare from Indiana if they do not change their mind about defunding Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood has long been a target of pro-life advocates as they perform more than one in four US abortion and are one of the most outspoken political defenders of the procedure. In Indiana, Planned Parenthood performs over half of all abortions based on their latest annual report which showed that they did 5,580 termination procedures. About 10,700 abortions are annually performed statewide by all providers.

The question facing the Obama administration is whether they are willing to leave low-income families without health care to punish Indiana. Last week the White House and HHS ordered Indiana to reinstate funds for Planned Parenthood.

Where do things go from here? Possibilities range from nothing happening at all and the defunding standing to the Obama administration withholding all federal Medicaid funds from Indiana. A compromise is also possible. A legal challenge is active too as reports that:

Read full Live Action report here.

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