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Two-Year Anniversary of Preventive Care Court Victory

June 17, 2013

You have to wonder, how far will they take it? How many taxpayer dollars will be wasted?

It’s hard to believe, but we’re coming up on the 2-year anniversary of the preliminary injunction that halted the enforcement of the “defunding” element of HEA 1210. You remember this law — it’s the one that did a lot of damage to reproductive rights in Indiana, and it included an attempt to strip Medicaid funding from PPIN’s poorest patients.

While the preliminary injunction continues to be something we celebrate — and strongly believe will become permanent — we’re disturbed that the State of Indiana is still considering pursuing this case in court. Despite the highest court in the land declining to intervene on the state’s behalf, our Attorney General hasn’t ruled out further legal action.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

So, what does someone have to gain, by trying to take away Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment from low-income men and women? They’re certainly not looking at the big picture, or the general health of Hoosiers — because if they were, they’d see how PPIN’s preventive care makes our state healthier and drives down health care costs.

No, improved health and saving money isn’t on their minds. This is all about scoring political points.

Raise a glass with us on June 24 — the injunction anniversary — and think about the thousands of men and women whose preventive care remains intact, because PPIN (with you by their side) stood up and said, “Enough!” Pay attention to what our politicians’ priorities are now and in the future.

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