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AUL in the News: Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on Indiana Planned Parenthood Funding

Dr. Charmaine Yoest and Denise Burke, both of AUL, penned an op-ed in today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal.

An excerpt from the piece:

The state of Indiana—and, by extension, 49 other states and the American taxpayer—is under siege from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s abortion super-provider, and its allies in the Obama administration. Indiana is being threatened with the loss of federal funding for health care and being held up to scorn as having “declared war on women.”

Indiana’s crime? Last month it became the first state to prohibit all health-care contracts with and grants to any “entity” that performs abortions or operates a facility where abortions are performed. The law applies to state funds and to federal funds administered by the state, including money for Medicaid. Other states have been moving in the same direction.

Late Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction in a case brought by Planned Parenthood to block enforcement of the Indiana ban. In her 44-page opinion, the judge noted that “the public interest” tilted in favor of Planned Parenthood at this time because “the federal government has threatened partial or total withholding of federal Medicaid dollars to the State of Indiana.” One of the nation’s largest recipients of Medicaid funding, Planned Parenthood could lose a substantial amount if Indiana law prevails.

Shortly after it filed suit against the state, Planned Parenthood’s friends at the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued a letter to Indiana and all other states. CMS said that, under the “free choice of provider” provisions in the Medicaid rules, states risk losing all federal Medicaid funding.

Who here is really endangering women? Clearly, Planned Parenthood and the administration are willing to deny thousands of needy men, women and children health care in order to protect the bottom lines of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Click here to read the whole thing.

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