Supporters of Planned Parenthood in Indiana are planning a Tuesday rally at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The organization says it will gather supporters to protest bills at the state and federal level that would take away its funding. In a January interview with IPR, Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum said those dollars are needed to provide care for many low-income and uninsured Hoosiers.
Cockrum says 17 bills regarding reproductive rights have been filed this legislative session. Several have since died in the Senate. Others are waiting for votes in the House, which is without a quorum until Democrats return from Illinois. On the federal level, Sixth District Congressman Mike Pence has publicly supported two bills that would deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Last week, he said it was morally wrong to take tax dollars from pro-life Americans and spend it on abortions.