Sting investigators: Planned Parenthood inflated claims as vital Indiana Medicaid provider
INDIANAPOLIS, June 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A team of investigators with Live Action have recorded conversations with Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) that throw into doubt their grounds for suing Indiana over a law depriving the group of federal Medicaid funds.
The abortion organization launched a suit against the law, accusing the state legislature and Gov. Mitch Daniels of depriving low-income women of a key Medicaid provider. In an official press release after the bill’s passage, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed Indiana’s defunding of Planned Parenthood would “take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana.”
Following upon that claim, the Obama administration has threatened to deprive Indiana of billions in Medicaid funds over PPIN’s $3 million portion, a warning that spurred a district judge to halt implementation of the law earlier this month.
But undercover phone calls released today show several Planned Parenthood of Indiana clinics appearing to admit that they are far from the only easily-accessible source of women’s health care for Medicaid patients.
Live Action says its investigators called 16 of the 28 Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics posing as women seeking Medicaid services. According to the group, Planned Parenthood staffers at all 16 locations admitted that Medicaid women would still have access to medical care after the defunding, and simply suggested patients go to local health clinics or state-assigned primary care physicians.
“Your primary care doctor should be able to do [a Well Woman exam,] I mean, that’s what they’re there for,” said a Planned Parenthood in Michigan City, while the Merrillville Planned Parenthood said of a local community health center, “They have the same services we have.”
Live Action says its audio footage reveals shaky grounding for Planned Parenthood’s claims that poor women will lose access to vital health care services without the abortion group.
“As more and more states, most recently Wisconsin and Texas, continue to defund the abortion giant of millions of dollars, Planned Parenthood wants us to believe they are the only game in town when it comes to providing care for Medicaid patients,” stated Live Action President Lila Rose in a press release Wednesday. “In reality, their own staff admit that they aren’t the only option for women in need.”
“According to Planned Parenthood’s own statistics, their 28 clinics serve less than 1% of Indiana Medicaid patients, yet they do more than 50% of Indiana abortions,” notes Rose. There are over 800 other Medicaid providers available to these women in the counties with Planned Parenthood clinics alone.”
The group also cites testimony from a local doctor confirming that defunding Planned Parenthood in Indiana would have little to no effect on Medicaid patients.
“If Planned Parenthood only sees 1% of Medicaid patients in the state, and that’s their statistic, it doesn’t seem like they are making a big imprint in the first place,” said Dr. Geoff Cly, at the Northeast Ob/GYN Women’s Health Group in Fort Wayne, IN. “I know in our group, we currently have capacity to see more patients and I’m sure many other groups could easily take care of the 1% that’s left if Planned Parenthood no longer took care of those patients.”
Rose announced that the group is launching a “Stand with Indiana” petition “exposing Planned Parenthood’s deception and demanding that President Obama revoke his intervention on their behalf.”
“Planned Parenthood has lied in covering up sex trafficking and statutory rape, lied about abusing taxpayer dollars, lied about mammograms, and now lies about Medicaid–all in the interest of protecting the taxpayer subsidies of their abortion business,” said Rose. “States and their citizens no longer want to fund this corrupt organization.”
Click here to access the petition.