Sue Swayze, legislative director for Indiana Right to Life, said that with Monday’s reduction in services, Planned Parenthood has “made it clear what their priority is.”
I will debate tax policy in a cordial manner.
I will discuss national security measures with a calm demeanor.
I can almost never carry on a mild-mannered conversation with individuals who wants to wipe out Planned Parenthood’s funding.
Sue Swayze is having a good week. Planned Parenthood of Indiana ran out of private donation funds Monday, as the provider deals with Indiana’s House Enrolled Act No. 1210, which eliminates Planned Parenthood’s public funding. The law went into effect May 10.
Their Indiana locations have now stopped serving Medicaid patients and may soon close eight of their 28 centers.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana has also laid off two of their three STD specialists:
The provider typically receives about $1.3 million a year in Medicaid funds, about 10 percent of its total budget. The new law also strips Planned Parenthood of roughly $150,000 in funding for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, money that paid for three intervention specialists — health workers who track down the partners of someone who tests positive for an STD and ensure they are tested and treated.
In the drawn-out moral battle over Planned Parenthood funding, the focus seems to always land on the three percent:
Planned Parenthood uses patient fees and private donations to pay for abortions and uses its Medicaid payments to provide services such as birth control, cancer screening and STD tests. But under the new law, offering abortion services makes Planned Parenthood ineligible for Medicaid and STD prevention funding. [Indy Star, h/t The Week]
The anti-abortion crowd continues to assemble their rallying cries over this three percent, while widely ignoring the fact that Planned Parenthood offers an array of essential health services beyond abortion procedures:
- Cancer screenings (including pap tests, HPV vaccinations, breast exams, colposcopy procedures, etc.)
- STI testing and treatment
- Contraceptives (including condoms, birth control, emergency contraception, tubal sterilization, vasectomies, etc.)
- Pregnancy tests
- Prenatal health services
- Midlife health services
- Family practice services
In Indiana, across many state legislatures, and on the Hill, this fight against that three percent is undoubtedly a fight against the other 97 percent. And don’t let the Jon Kyls of the world mix up those numbers.