Governor Mitch Daniels (R) signed Indiana’s new law to cut off millions from Planned Parenthood in the state, until and unless they remove all abortions from their services. Barack Obama says Indiana can’t do that! Medicaid law prevents excluding providers, based on the services they provide, from receiving federal monies. In the meantime, Concerned Women for America (CWA) has delivered 101,000 signatures to the U.S. Senate, asking them to stop taxpayer funded abortions and saying “I am sickened” over the abortion industry and the “use of my tax-dollars to fund the destruction of innocent life.”
First a personal story:
Today I visited my first great niece. She was born about 10 weeks early, weighing in at 2 lbs 2 oz. in mid-May. Today she weighed 2 lbs. 9 oz. She is perfect in every way…the perfect, precious baby girl. She is thriving, and has thrived from the moment she took her first breath, cried just as we want our newborns to cry, and one day she will know of the prayers for her as we learned that she would enter the world much, much too early. Her mother was the perfect pregnant mom. She didn’t smoke, she didn’t drink. She nurtured her baby, but other events intervened, and to look at the perfection of this beautiful child and think that my tax money is spent to snuff out the lives of other children intended to be God’s tiny masterpiece, makes me tremble.
Answering the charge that Indiana does not have the right to decide it’s own policy, Indiana’s director of Indiana Right to Life, Mike Ficter, replied (LifeNews, Steven Ertelt):
Indiana must refuse to be bullied by the federal government and must challenge this politically-charged determination with full vigor. The state of Indiana has a right to determine how it will manage its Medicaid program and to select the providers it will partner with. Planned Parenthood is not entitled to public funding,” he said.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging the constitutionality of the new law, and sought an injunction:
However, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt declined to issue the injunction while she takes more time to analyze the legal issues involved in the lawsuit. That type of decision is usually an indicator that the judge will eventually issue a ruling against the party bringing the lawsuit. [the Court will hear arguments on June 6th]
Planned Parenthood, which performs an abortion on the average of every 95 seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, claims it does not use taxpayer dollars to fund their abortion program, but Indiana is charging that PP does nothing to segregate their funds. Indeed, throughout America, the suspicion is that PP uses federal monies to rid families of their inconvenient babies, in the name of family planning.
Abortions are legal in this country. Anyone can have one, but what a sad thing it is to have the president of the United States, backed by a law supposedly made by Congress, force me and you to pay for the death of someone’s child. It is repulsive, obscene, heartbreaking, and somehow we must stop it. According to Concerned Women for America, over 60% of Americans agree. Read more about the petition sent to the Senate at LifeNews.