Indiana on the Forefront of Female Attacks (Re-Blog from Feministe)

12 May

According to Lauren Bruce, founder of Feministe, “Yesterday a bill was signed into law, cutting two-thirds of funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana as well as requiring doctors to tell women that life begins at fertilization and that a fetus can feel pain at or before 20 weeks of pregnancy.”  Women in IN can thank governor Mitch Daniels for penning the initiative.

It’s worth mentioning that Planned Parenthood is being targeted for providing a constitutionally-protected procedure that is already prevented from federal subsidies thanks to the Hyde amendment. PP is targeted for providing abortion services at all despite having separate funding streams for abortion-related and non-abortion-related services.  You can see for yourself that this attack has little to do with money. Banning Planned Parenthood funding actually ends up costing the state MORE.  The numbers don’t lie. Fiscal conservatives should know, about half of all births in Indiana are funded by Medicaid today and estimates presage that this will “cost the state $68 million in Medicaid expenses for unintended pregnancies by reducing birth control access.”  And the attacks against Planned Parenthood, emphasis on ‘abortion-givers’, women, and common sense is spreading like wildfire.  Conservative groups in other states, meanwhile, are eyeballing the proceedings to see whether this attempt to bring down the Planned Parenthood is successful. . .

Even more scary?  The guy that took away family planning under the ruse of saving money, has higher political aspirations.  There is a lot of speculation about Daniels running in the GOP presidential primaries in 2012. He’s a shoo-in, a relatively well-liked and successful governor who favors old-school conservative methods like privatization of public services and libertarian “live and let live” approaches to social issues. Daniels is seen as a move away from “populist evangelicalism” of the current GOP. He is even on record calling for a “truce” on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.  Ironic, huh?  Remember this name (Mitch Daniels) and AVOID voting for him in any future election.

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