Indiana Planned Parenthood Clinics Furlough Staff To Avoid Closing Clinics

In an effort to keep as many clinic doors open as possible until courts make a final ruling on Indiana’s state ban on Planned Parenthood funds, the local clinics are taking drastic steps, from refusing to see any patient on Medicaid to furloughing staff.

Via the Evansville Courier and Press:

As Planned Parenthood of Indiana waits for a court ruling on a new Indiana anti-abortion law, its 28 clinics will stop seeing Medicaid patients.

Betty Cockrum, the organization’s president, said Monday was a day for tough decisions as what could amount to $1.4 million per year in government dollars continues to trickle away from Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

Most of its clinics, including the one in Evansville, will close up shop Wednesday as workers take an unpaid day off. It’s an alternative Cockrum announced to the original plan, which involved closing down seven clinics for good.

“The one-day furlough should allow us to save enough money to keep our doors open during this brief window between now and the expected ruling by July 1,” Cockrum said.

A ruling on the new ban is expected by the end of the month.  Indiana Planned Parenthood has been getting by in the meantime primarily with assistance from private donors, who have stepped up during the Republican assault on the health care provider.

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    Sue Swayze, legislative director for Indiana Right to Life, said that with Monday’s reduction in services, Planned Parenthood has “made it clear what their priority is.”

    “They wouldn’t stop providing abortions even in the interim to keep the women’s health services,” she said.

    I find it astonishing that they wouldn’t have been expecting this.  Did they honestly think that by using withholding government money they were going to force Planned Parenthood to abandon their patients?  Truly?

    The comments on the article at are interesting as well.  This is typical:

    What a pity that planned parenthood doesn`t care about the medical care of poor women……..all they had to do to keep tax-payer funding was to discontinue their abortion services….instead, they chose to continue to kill infants and lose tax-payer monies….virtually, throwing poor women under the bus…..

    I’ve seen this justification pattern used a lot

    … by men who beat their wives: “it’s her own fault, all she would have had to do is keep me happy … if she hadn’t made me mad, I woudln’t have had to beat her”

    … by terrorists: “we warned them if they didn’t release our comrades we would blow up a bomb … they chose to be stubborn .. it’s their fault innocent people died … there isn’t any blood on OUR hands”

    … by hostage takers:  “if they had that helicopter here on time, I wouldn’t have had to shoot the hostage.  It’s the cops fault … by not doing what I told them they made me kill that lady.”