In the spring of 2011, the Indiana State Senate voted to pass House Bill 1210 to help prohibit federal funds from going to abortion providers. But Planned Parenthood filed an injunction to have the law stopped. With a strong case being made by both sides at the time of filming, the battle was far from over. Guests for this episode are:
Indiana State Senator Scott Schneider, author of the Senate amendment to House Bill 1210. He and his fellow senators wrote the bill in response to Indiana citizens’ declaration that they didn’t want tax dollars funding abortion providers.
Ken Falk, legal director for the ACLU of Indiana, representing Planned Parenthood. He argues the law is unconstitutional and inconsistent with federal statutes, particularly Medicaid rules.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. After years of working to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding from Wisconsin’s state budget, her organization saw it happen in 2011. She notes how the momentum started in Indiana and is continuing to spread to other states that are successfully passing defunding bills.