Friday, January 15, 2010

State of Indiana Contracts With Planned Parenthood

Earlier this week a reporter from the Criterion (the newspaper for the Indianapolis archdiocese) called me to ask how to research contracts the State of Indiana has with Planned Parenthood. I told her she had to be mistaken - there was no chance that pro-life Governor Mitch Daniel's administration would enter into contracts with Planned Parenthoood, the largest supplier of abortion services in the country and an organization that is universally hated by those who believe in the pro-life cause.

I was wrong. The State of Indiana has entered into 11 such contracts (not counting amendments) since 2005, the beginning of the Daniels administration. There are four existing contracts with Planned Parenthood:

Department of Child Services for $3,141,216 10/1/2008 - 9/31/2010

Purpose of Contract: "To provide family planning services for unwanted pregnancies for single women." Confusingly it then goes on to state that the grant funding the contract is for the purpose of serving "married women."

Department of Health for $100,000 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2010

Purpose of Contract: "To implement disease intervention." Contract appears to be for the purpose of combatting sexually transmitted diseases.

Department of Health for $50,000 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2010

Purpose of Contract: Same as above.

FSSA, Contract Management for $4,800 1/1/2008 - 6/30/2011

Purpose of Contract: Provide instructions to patients at Madison State Hospital on various health issues, such as self-esteem, stress, depression, birth control, general personal hygiene, infection control related to venereal diseases and AIDS."

Senate Bill 198 authored by Senator Walker seeks to put an end to these Planned Parenthood state contracts. No hearing has been scheduled yet. As soon as I find the Criterion article, I will provide a link.



But for Planned Parenthood when I was young, poor, and had no insurance, I might have ended up pregnant and aborted a baby.

They kept me healthy for low/no cost by preventing STD's too.

PP is a good organization, although I do believe they see their abortion clinics as profit centers which is frightening.

Every young woman needs access to birth control and regular health screenings that she can afford.

Indy Student said...

The only one of those that even really seems to hint at abortion is the first one. Admittedly, I'm just going by your summary and didn't read the contract in full.

I see no reason why these contracts would be bad for Daniels, if theoretically he had aspirations for higher office. If it'd be more cost effective to give these non-abortion services such as STD prevention to Planned Parenthood, I'd do it without giving it a second thought, just as I'd outsource gun safety courses to the NRA (again, if it was cost effective).

I'm with Melyssa on this. I don't like how the NRA, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, etc... get thrown into the either/or of conservative or liberal politics. I'd be ashamed of any of my Republican friends who think being a member of the ACLU would disqualify a candidate for office, just as if my Democrat friends banished someone just because they were an NRA member.

Paul K. Ogden said...

The fact that public taxpayer money is (hopefullY) earmarked to non-abortion activties of Planned Parenthood simply frees up other money received by PP to be spent on abortion activities. You might as well be spending the money directly on abortion...that's the effect of what happens.

Regardless of how one feels about abortion, the public pretty overwhelmingly does not want tax dollars spent on abortion. That's the net effect of what is going on when you hand millions of dollars to Planned Parenthoom, the biggest provider of abortions in the country.

Linda Thompson said...

Was the the contract advertised as a Request for Proposal by the state? I am curious how Planned Parenthood received the contract because other organizations provide pregnancy prevention to low income women.

Lawyer said...

You don't want women to have a means of exercising their right to choose and now you question contracts to provide birth control and STDs? Our tax dollars are being used to fund celibacy programs in schools and the number of unwanted pregnancies continue to climb. PP provides needed services in an efficient and cost-effective manner. PP is not being given money by the state to pay for abortions. Leave PP alone and go after a real problem. Goodness knows, there are enough other genuine problems that could occupy your attention. And by the way, HFFT is right - there are a lot of women out there from all walks of life who relied upon the services of PP for things other than abortions.