Ever since Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law stripping Planned Parenthood of public funding, donations have poured in from around the country, allowing the organization to continue serving Medicaid patients. But those donations are set to dry up in one week.
At first, Planned Parenthood said the donations would last until early May…then mid May…then early June. Now, president Betty Cockrum says June 20th is the last day that donations will cover the costs for existing Medicaid patients…and she means it.
“This was a one-time response nationwide because people wanted to show their support and because they were angry about this defunding,” she says.
Planned Parenthood is seeking to have the new law blocked. A ruling in their challenge to the measure is expected by July 1st. Further, the federal government has said it could cut off Indiana’s Medicaid funds if the law is still enforced. Indiana receives about $4 billion in Medicaid funding. Planned Parenthood previously received between $1 and $3 million of that money.