Medicaid patients get screwed

And now they have no birth control to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies:

Thousands of low-income Planned Parenthood of Indiana patients were left fending for themselves Tuesday to pay for birth control, breast exams, Pap tests and other medical services while a court battle continued over a new state law that eliminated the organization’s Medicaid funding…

Nicole Robbins, a 31-year-old single mother who has been a Planned Parenthood client for six years, said she had intended to visit a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis on Tuesday to pick up a 2-month supply of birth control pills. Then, the Medicaid recipient learned that the more than $100,000 in private donations the group had raised since May 10 had dried up.

Given that we know what Planned Parenthood actually does, this law has been designed in a way that is primarily going to hurt the poor for no good reason. In fact, why wouldn’t this increase abortions? If a person can hardly afford birth control, the rate of protected individuals is going to drop. And when some of those women get pregnant, it’s often going to make more sense to scrape together the cash in order to get an abortion. Think about it. In the first situation the choice is birth control and no or little cushion money or no birth control and a little money. People will take the latter risk. In the second situation the choice is pay for a child for the next 18 years or pay for an abortion. Some women who otherwise would not be pregnant will take the second option. This increases abortion.

And I’m fine with that. Cells with potential are not humans. If that were the case, sperm and eggs would be humans – That people wish to pick an arbitrary level of potential does not a human make. But it looks like Indiana wants to interfere with science:

The Medicaid de-funding measure took effect the same day that Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the law. But other provision of the law that gives the state some of the nation’s tightest restrictions on abortions won’t take effect until July 1.

Those include a ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless there is a substantial threat to the woman’s life or health and a requirement that doctors ensure women seeking an abortion are told that life begins at conception.

Oh, well, if Indiana lawmakers declare something to be so, then clearly it is. This reminds me of that myth of some state legislature, perhaps Ohio, declaring that Pi equals exactly 3.14. Except this time the scientific intrusion is real.

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