On May 12, 2011 I blogged a congratulations to Governor Mitch Daniels, the State of Indiana and Judge Tanya Walton Pratt for standing form for life and passing and upholding a state law to defund Planned Parenthood in Indiana.
It sure didn’t take long for the federal government to jump in and threaten to cut off Medicaid funding for Indiana if they decide to enforce the new law.
First the federal government forces tax payers to pay for abortions with our tax dollars and now they are going to force states to continue to fund Planned Parenthood.
In a recent POLITICO article by Sarah Kliff she wrote, “Indiana plans to defy an Obama administration letter and continue barring Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding — a move that, if continued, could cost the state more than $4 billion in Medicaid funds.” According to a letter sent by Donald Berwick, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
In other words, continue to use your state tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood or we will cut off $4 billion in Medicaid funds to your state.
According to Kliff’s article, “The letter came alongside new CMS guidance that specifically bars states from excluding abortion providers from their Medicaid programs.
“Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers — whether an individual provider, a physician group, an outpatient clinic or a hospital — from providing services under the program because they separately provide abortion services,” Center for Medicaid Director Cindy Mann wrote in the memo.
Federal regulations already bar public funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the health or life of the mother. The Medicaid funds that Planned Parenthood of Indiana received were used for family planning services.”
It has been pointed out many times by multiple pro-life leaders, myself included, that providing Planned Parenthood with funds for “family planning services” amounts to the same thing as paying for abortion services. Planned Parenthood unbundles abortions services in order for Medicaid to pay for some of the visits. Additionally, the federal funds they receive help pay the doctor, nurses, office staff,, the utilities, the construction costs of abortion facilities. Nobody with half a brain can say that our tax-dollars are not paying for abortion services.
Other states have taken the lead from Indiana in supporting laws that would defund Planned Parenthood in their perspective states. Since the federal government won’t do the right thing the states are trying to step up to the plate and do what’s morally right. Now they too will have to fear the federal government wielding their big threatening stick to force them to continue to fund the largest abortion provider in America.
And what does Planned Parenthood have to say about Berwick’s actions?
“By issuing a letter to the state of Indiana rejecting its proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from providing preventive health care through Medicaid, HHS is sending a clear message that states cannot play politics with women’s health and prevent Medicaid patients from choosing their preferred health care providers,” says Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. “The HHS letter is a strong rebuke to Indiana and serves as a warning to other states that attempts to bar federal funding for Planned Parenthood violate Medicaid law.”
If Cecile Richards is so proud of what Planned Parenthood does, why won’t she debate Abby Johnson? Abby was employed by Planned Parenthood for eight years, was the Director of a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic for part of that time, Planned Parenthood employee of the year in 2008, and author of the book unPlanned.
Clearly Planned Parenthood has powerful people in high places helping them stay in business. But we have someone in a much higher place that will bring the Golitiah abortion business down in His time.
Jesus, we trust in You!