Thursday, June 2, 2011

Indiana Tells Obama Administration To Go Pound Sand

Indiana plans to defy a federal order to continue funding Planned Parenthood.
(National Journal) — Indiana officials said Thursday they will defy a federal order to continue funding Planned Parenthood and other clinics that offer abortion services.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law in May that would cut off federal funding from Indiana clinics that perform abortions. The law is primarily aimed at the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics, which get federal family planning grants to administer services unrelated to abortion.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick said on Wednesday the federal government could not endorse the  law because it restricts access to a range of important family planning services. Federal money cannot be spent directly on abortion services anyway, but most clinics that offer abortion also offer other family planning and health services, from breast cancer screening to birth control advice.
Indiana says it will implement the amendment despite Berwick’s warning.

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