(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Planned Parenthood of Indiana has another reason to be displeased with a new state law stopping funding for abortion providers.
The organization’s application for a Neighborhood Assistance Program grant was rejected by Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority.
As part of a program that has been approved the past two years, the grant would have allowed donors to receive a state tax credit, according to Planned Parenthood. The grants helped bring in $21,000 in donations last year.
In its June 1 response to Planned Parenthood, the IHCDA cited HEA 1210 as the reason for the rejection.
The law - which Planned Parenthood is arguing in U.S. District Court that it is unconstitutional - stops Medicaid funding for the organization.
“In essence, the State is taking yet another step to keep us from providing affordable health care to our patients,” PPIN President Betty Cockrum said. “And they’re doing it at a time when we need our donors’ assistance badly. Our supporters are the only reason we are able to cover the costs of treating our established Medicaid patients through June 20 while seeking a preliminary injunction against HEA 1210.”
A decision is expected to be issued by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt by July 1.