Indianapolis – Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, with the assistance of the ACLU of Indiana, filed a complaint on April 7, 2016 with the U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, asking the court to block enforcement of House Enrolled Act 1337.
“We make sure women receive high-quality health care in a safe, nonjudgmental and unbiased environment. That includes abortion. Gov. Mike Pence isn’t a woman and he isn’t a doctor. He needs to get out and stay out of our doctors’ offices,” said Betty Cockrum, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
The law imposes unconstitutional restrictions on women seeking abortions and their health care providers. This law does not value life. It only values birth.
ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said, “The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly stressed that a woman, not the state, is to determine whether or not to obtain an abortion. The State of Indiana’s attempt to invade a woman’s privacy and to control her decision in this regard is unprecedented and unconstitutional.”
Legislation such as HEA 1337 does nothing to improve or protect Hoosiers’ health. It simply erects barriers, limits access to reproductive health care and is designed to shame and judge deeply personal and difficult decisions for families.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) provides high-quality health care to more than 55,000 men and women each year at our health centers across two states. Our centers are staffed by skilled clinicians and highly trained health care professionals. 93% of our nonprofit’s services are preventive in nature and include Pap tests, breast and testicular cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and annual wellness exams. Through the Sara and Albert Reuben Partners in Health Education initiative, PPINK also provides sexuality and reproductive health education programs, equipping people to make responsible decisions so that families thrive in Indiana and Kentucky.
PPINK’s doors are open to all who need care and we provide our services in a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental manner. We accept Medicaid and insurance.