Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Indiana Senate Passes Abortion Limits, Defunding Planned Parenthood

Indiana stands poised to become the first state to defund Planned Parenthood, probably beating out Kansas. The bill that passed the Senate 35-13 requires doctors to tell women that abortions are "linked to" infertility, shortens the window for abortions from 24 weeks to 20, and cuts off tax support for the health services provided to 22,000 low-income Hoosier women by Planned Parenthood. It is estimated that the resulting unwanted pregnancies will cost the state $68 million in health care costs. The bill must be approved in the House which has already passed a similar bill. Read more here.