Indiana Planned Parenthood Plans Closures
State funding cuts forced the single-day closures, the family planning agency says
Planned Parenthood clinics will close for the day Wednesday.
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 Updated at 7:29 AM CDT
Nearly all Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics will close for the day Wednesday while employees take a furlough day.
The family planning agency blames the closure on the loss of Medicaid funding since Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed legislation tightening abortion restrictions on the state. The agency serves more than 9,000 Medicaid patients each year.
Only the Indianapolis clinic will remain open Wednesday. That clinic will close for the day Thursday.
Administrators say the one-day furlough should save enough money to keep the clinics operating through the end of June.
They hope for a ruling on a brief filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in favor of an injunction by July 1. Without that ruling, eight health centers will close, including clinics in East Chicago and Michigan City.