Federal judge blocks abortion ultrasound mandate

Posted April 06, 2017

Originally, the informed consent appointments could be performed at any of the 17 Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky health care centers across Indiana. Passage of the law would make legal challenges more hard.

The bill, proposed March 3, would prohibit any UW or UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority employees from performing abortions, providing or receiving training in performing abortions outside of a hospital setting and providing any services in private facilities where abortions are performed, according to a statement from the Legislative Reference Bureau.

As local coordinator of the current 40 Days for Life campaign (www.40daysforlife.com), I offered a small packet of information (local pregnancy resources) to a customer leaving Planned Parenthood's office in east Vancouver.

Title X, or the Title X Family Planning Program, is a Nixon-era program that provides federal family-planning grants to community health centers. The Hyde Amendment, a budget amendment passed every year for the past 40 years, bans directing federal money to abortion in nearly all cases.

A pro-life leader in IN, disappointed by a ruling against the state's ultrasound law, says the judge issuing the ruling failed to recognize a legitimate alternative to what the judge considers a problem with the law. If Sachs rules against the regulations, Planned Parenthood could bring back abortion services to clinics in Columbia and Kansas City, and introduce abortion services to clinics in Joplin and Springfield, said Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, communications director for Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

"Now that the rule is going to be rolled back - we're pretty sure that the president will sign this - there's nothing keeping them from being able to do that", explains Jamila Taylor, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., who specializes in reproductive rights, in a phone interview with the Monitor.

The state concluded that "voluntary viewing was associated with some women's decision to continue the pregnancy". But such an approach may end up depriving women of contraceptive care, some suggest.

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Stevens said she also couldn't put a dollar figure on how the bill might impact Planned Parenthood locations in Pennsylvania, but said the organization is concerned the bill could move through the legislature, unlike the past legislation. So, Planned Parenthood does not really have its own abortionists.

The Planned Parenthood - Raleigh Health Center provides a safe, welcoming environment for many of us at NC State to go to ask questions.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates told BillyPenn the organization has "no doubt" the goal of the bill is to defund the non-profit by preventing money from flowing through the Department of Human Services to providers of abortion services.

Planned Parenthood's federal funding accounted for 43% of its budget in 2015 and comes primarily in the form of reimbursements for the non-abortion services it provides from Medicaid.

Defunding Planned Parenthood will not shut it down - it has too much support in Hollywood and the media for that - but a loss of $500 million a year will sting.

Though Hasstedt finds such responses "heartening", she sees the variation in state policies as somewhat troubling.