(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana funding to Planned Parenthood could be severed after the House approved a bill doing just that Wednesday.
House Bill 1210 passed 66-32 and now heads to Governor Mitch Daniels for signature. It would take effect immediately upon being signed into law.
Planned Parenthood currently receives about $3 million each year for services such as birth control, STD treatment, and screenings.
State Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) said the bill will make Indiana "one of the most pro-life states in the country."
Turner and other supporters of the bill argue many taxpayers do not want to fund any aspect of an organization which provides abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana president and CEO Betty Cockrum said lawmakers may not realize the full implications of the bill - that it could lead to more unintended pregnancies, more Medicaid-covered births, and even more abortions.
“I’m hoping the governor will take a look at the immediate impact to patients and the long-term fiscal and societal consequences for the State of Indiana. Countless patients will find themselves without lifesaving tests to avoid tragic outcomes of cervical and breast cancer and epidemic sexually transmitted disease here in Indiana if this bill becomes law. Let’s hope calmer heads prevail,” Cockrum said.
The legislations could also cost Indiana about $4 million Medicaid funds.
Planned Parenthood performed 5,580 abortions in Indiana last year.