Representatives Mike “All Up in Your Ladybusiness” Pence (R), Matt Ubelhor (R) and Eric Turner (R) of Indiana have introduced two bills which have swept the House and are waiting to go to the Senate. Yesterday, six demonstrators from Ohio (what, no laws to fight at home?) who represent Operation Rescue staged a support protest on the steps of Indiana’s statehouse.
Currently, since our Dems are still even further west, in Illinois, the bills were unable to go to a vote, but it looks like Planned Parenthood’s days are numbered in Indiana.
House Bill 1205, authored by Rep. Matt Ubelhor, R-Bloomfield, will completely eliminate any government funding for Planned Parenthood. House Bill 1210, by Eric Turner, R-Marion, will require doctors to tell women seeking abortions that having an abortion will increase the woman’s risk of breast cancer. Which is bullshit.
Indiana lawmakers supporting the funding ban and bullshit campaign claim cutting funding for Planned Parenthood will save Hoosiers $350,000,000 in abortions. Which is bullshit for many reasons, the highlights of which I’ve got below.
1. Federal funding isn’t used to pay for abortion services at Planned Parenthood. Abortion costs are paid by the patient and supplemented with private donations.
2. Indiana’s branches of Planned Parenthood don’t cost $350,000,000.
3. Eliminating the primary source for young or poor women to get affordable reproductive health care – including pre-natal care – will cost Indiana way more than continuing the fraction of the percent of our budget used to supplement PP’s budget.
I think Whoopie says it best, here:
All the girls are in danger if we take away their best option to manage their own reproductive health.
For more information on Indiana’s many proposed laws to take away agency from Hoosier women, read this stomach churning list. I think many of our Indiana lawmakers would like women seeking abortion to face a panel of people screaming “LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION! BABY PAIN! CANCER! SLUT!” through the whole process.
Updated – Rubber thumbs. F’ing typos.