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AP: Without Taxpayers Funding Indiana Planned Parenthood, Women "Left Fending for Themselves"

5:32 PM, Jun 22, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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There are currently at 800 Medicaid providers that can provide patients with family planning services in the state of Indiana, but you wouldn't know it by this "report" by the Associated Press's Rick Callahan.

Poor people are "fending for themselves," according to the AP, now that the state has cut off taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion provider. The AP's Callahan writes: 

Thousands of low-income Planned Parenthood of Indiana patients were left fending for themselves Tuesday to pay for birth control, breast exams, Pap tests and other medical services while a court battle continued over a new state law that eliminated the organization's Medicaid funding.

Planned Parenthood began turning away Medicaid patients who couldn't pay for its medical services Tuesday, one day after private donations that had paid those patients' bills ran out.

A state law that took effect May 10 denied Planned Parenthood the Medicaid funds it uses to pay for general health services it provides to low-income women at its 28 Indiana clinics.

If you read the rest of the story, you'll find quotes from women who don't know what to do without Planned Parenthood. But there's no mention that Medicaid patients at these 28 Planned Parenthood clinics are left with 800 clinics to choose from. Why not?

Upon announcing his decision to sign a bipartisan bill to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels said, "I commissioned a careful review of access to services across the state and can confirm that all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women's health, will remain readily available in every one of our 92 counties. In addition, I have ordered the Family and Social Services Administration to see that Medicaid recipients receive prompt notice of nearby care options. We will take any actions necessary to ensure that vital medical care is, if anything, more widely available than before."

Daniels added: "Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions."

Here's the list of the 800 qualified Medicaid providers that provide birth control but not elective abortions:

So why is the Associated Press pretending that the Medicaid patients who have been frequenting Planned Parenthood are left "fending for themselves"?

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