WBEZ | Planned Parenthood of Indiana http://www.wbez.org/tags/planned-parenthood-indiana Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Here, There: Indiana becomes ground zero for U.S. abortion battle http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-08/here-there-indiana-becomes-ground-zero-us-abortion-battle-89997 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/indiana2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Abortion has divided the American public ever since the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. To try to gain some insights into our own decades-long struggle, today we kick off a weeklong series examining the abortion debate in other countries. It’s part of our occasional series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank"><em>Here, There</em></a>, where we examine how other cultures approach issues we tackle here at home.</p><p>First, we focus on a legal fight playing out in our own backyard. Earlier this year, Indiana passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. A federal judge blocked the law, but the state’s attorney general says he will defend the controversial statute. We asked <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/michael-puente" target="_blank">Michael Puente</a>, WBEZ’s reporter in Northwest Indiana, how the country’s most divisive issue came to the Hoosier state.</p><p><em>We want to know your thoughts on our weeklong </em><a href="herethere" target="_self">Here, There</a> <em>series on </em><em>abortion. To weigh in</em><em>, call</em> <em>our 24-hour hotline at <strong>312.948.4880</strong></em> <em>or email us at worldview@wbez.org. </em></p></p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-08/here-there-indiana-becomes-ground-zero-us-abortion-battle-89997 U.S. government says Indiana’s Medicaid plan is illegal http://www.wbez.org/story/us-government-says-indiana%E2%80%99s-medicaid-plan-illegal-87298 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-01/Planned Parenthood_Flickr_S.Mirk_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The federal Department of Health and Human Services told the state of Indiana Wednesday that its Medicaid plan, which bans funding to Planned Parenthood, is illegal and must be changed.</p><p>In a letter sent to Indiana's Medicaid director, Medicaid Administrator Donald M. Berwick says Indiana's plan will prevent beneficiaries from receiving services. Berwick writes that federal law requires that Medicaid beneficiaries be able to obtain services from any qualified provider.</p><p>The notification comes after Indiana passed a law in April banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, a reproductive health care provider that offers testing for sexually transmitted infections and access to birth control and abortions. Indiana’s conservatives took issue with federal funds being applied to an organization that provides abortions, even though U.S. law already prohibits using federal funds to pay for the procedure.</p><p>Several states, including Kansas, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Texas, are considering similar funding bans. Indiana may face penalties if it does not change its plan to conform to federal law.</p></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 21:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/us-government-says-indiana%E2%80%99s-medicaid-plan-illegal-87298 Indiana judge refuses to block law defunding Planned Parenthood http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-judge-refuses-block-law-defunding-planned-parenthood-86395 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/Planned Parenthood_Getty_David McNew.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A federal judge has refused to block a new Indiana law that cuts off public funding for Planned Parenthood.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied Planned Parenthood of Indiana's request for a temporary restraining order Wednesday despite arguments that the law jeopardizes health care for thousands of women. Planned Parenthood wanted to keep funds flowing while it challenges the law signed this week by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. The judge's decision allows the cuts to take effect immediately.</p><p>The funding cuts are part of a new law that also bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless there is a substantial threat to the woman's life or health.</p><p>The law could improve Daniels' image with social conservatives as he considers a 2012 run for president.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-judge-refuses-block-law-defunding-planned-parenthood-86395 Planned Parenthood of Indiana's Betty Cockrum reacts to proposed cuts http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/planned-parenthood-indianas-betty-cockrum-reacts-proposed-cuts-86239 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-09/Planned Parenthood Flickr Steve Rhodes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels recently announced his intent to sign <a href="http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2011&amp;request=getBill&amp;docno=1210" target="_blank">House Bill 1210</a>. The bill would cut federal funding to any health services clinic providing abortions. The biggest target of the bill is <a href="http://www.ppin.org/" target="_blank">Planned Parenthood of Indiana</a>.<br> <br> To find out how that would affect the organization <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to the President of Planned Parenthood Indiana, Betty Cockrum.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 13:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/planned-parenthood-indianas-betty-cockrum-reacts-proposed-cuts-86239 The Indiana House of Representatives could consider abortion legislation this week http://www.wbez.org/story/abortion/indiana-house-representatives-could-consider-abortion-legislation-week <p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]-->The Indiana House of Representatives could consider abortion legislation this week. The Indiana Senate approved two bills dealing with reproductive issues. Now, the House could take them up. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> One bill would prohibit the state from making contracts or grants with organizations that provide abortions. Hospitals would be exempt.<br /> <br /> Another bill would require a doctor to tell any woman who is seeking an abortion that life begins at conception, and that her fetus might feel pain.&nbsp;Planned Parenthood of Indiana says the bills amount to a legislative assault on women.&nbsp;The group&rsquo;s planning a rally at the statehouse Tuesday that&rsquo;s meant to kill the proposals. <br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s not clear whether there will be debate, though. Indiana Democrats are in a legislative boycott related to labor unions. <br /> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> <br style="" /> </span></p></p> Sat, 05 Mar 2011 01:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/abortion/indiana-house-representatives-could-consider-abortion-legislation-week