Feds Reviewing Indiana Law Restricting Public Funds For Planned Parenthood

CHICAGO (CBS) — Federal officials are reviewing a new Indiana law that restricts public funding for Planned Parenthood.

It’s a development that could cost the state some of its Medicaid funding, Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports.

The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services says it also was reviewing situations in other states threatening to withhold funds from abortion providers.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding Reports

The agency says Medicaid doesn’t allow states to stop beneficiaries from getting needed health care, such as cancer screenings, because their provider also offers other services.

The law recently signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels makes Indiana the first state to deny Medicaid funds for general health care services. It affects more than $1 million in Planned Parenthood funding.

Planned Parenthood is welcoming the federal review.

  • montclareresident

    This truly shows how powerful the abortion lobby is in the Democratic Party. They are the most powerful special interest group in the party, comparable to the NRA in the Republican party. Now it’s just politics on the part of the Obama administration. Medicaid is forbidden from giving funding for abortions and people who receive Medicaid receive cancer screenings and contraceptives from their medical provider (I know it’s shocking to think that other places- a lot of other places- provide the screenings and contraceptives that Planned Parenthood provides). I guess it makes sense that the administration would intimidate the state now- Planned Parenthood, as a ‘non-profit’ is one of the largest financial donors to political candidates.

  • tunafish charlie

    WOW..and to think this JERK of a GOV.was going to run for PRES.
    What a HICK !

  • swizzle

    Gov. Mitch Daniels supports two wars that have killed tens of thousands of unborn babies, their mothers, fathers, sons daughters etc…
    I don’t think Mitch really understands what ‘pro life’ really means.

    • Jack

      Many of us believe that life starts when the first breath is taken into the lungs. Therefore it is not killing anything. Religious beliefs should never play any part in decision making on the part of law makers.

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