Indiana governor Mitch Daniels is the latest soldier in the crusade against Planned Parenthood. The Indiana bill is particular important because Indiana is the first state to cut off Medicaid financing for women’s health clinics. This sets a horrible precedent for other right-leaning states, and threatens access to health care for millions of women nationwide. It’s also targeted directly at low-income women who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage:
Planned Parenthood says the bill could leave as many as 22,000 patients without access to Pap tests, birth control and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
The governor’s office said the law will affect 7 entities in Indiana that have a total of 34 locations in 21 counties.
These seemingly small state issues often fly below the radar, and then we’re all surprised when cutting Planned Parenthood is #1 on the national GOP’s agenda. So let’s do something, yeah?
1. Contact Mitch Daniels. If you’re in Indiana, contact your state rep and urge them to vote against this bill.
2. Spread the word. Retweet, reblog, tumbl, post to your Facebook wall, whatever.
3. Donate to Planned Parenthood of Indiana — and do it under Mitch Daniels’ name.
Let’s stop this in its tracks.