Planned Parenthood Centers To Reopen Thursday

Medicaid Supporters, Opponents Await Judge's Ruling

Patients found locked doors at Planned Parenthood centers across Indiana on Wednesday as the organization stopped services at 27 of 28 locations in an effort to save money.

All but one of the 28 centers will be open on Thursday, a Planned Parenthood representative said.

Opponents and supporters of the new law that cut the organization's Medicaid funding are waiting for a federal judge to decide whether that funding should be restored, 6News' Joanna Massee reported.

Valerie Roach said she remembers using Planned Parenthood's services as a teenager because she needed birth control.

"I thought it was an option that I needed at that time. Even though I wasn't necessarily doing anything, it was an option that I needed to take," Roach said.

She said she knows many young women still rely on Planned Parenthood's services.

"This program closing down would be a major problem," Roach said.

Planned Parenthood patient Dominque Barbour said he was concerned about the centers closing.

"If there's something wrong, you can go in there and they'll check it out for you," Barbour said.

The state cut the tax dollars received by Planned Parenthood because the provider also performs abortions.

Ryan McCann with the Indiana Family Institute said there are plenty of other providers women can choose from.

"We'd like to see this as a victory for the lives of the unborn," McCann said.

McCann emphasized that Planned Parenthood could choose to stop performing abortions and have the funding restored.

"Planned Parenthood is more concerned about abortion than women's health," McCann said.

State Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, sponsored the bill that ultimately cut Planned Parenthood's funding. He said tax dollars are still being allocated to other providers.

"We're not cutting off women's health services. Those services are still being funded and are available to women in Indiana," Schneider said.

Schneider said he would be monitoring this week's developments.