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Indiana Lawmakers Called On the Carpet for AHCA Vote

Indiana has seen historic low rates of teen pregnancy, but critics of the revised American Health Care Act say cutting Planned Parenthood funding could change that. (Amberlynn Banks)
Indiana has seen historic low rates of teen pregnancy, but critics of the revised American Health Care Act say cutting Planned Parenthood funding could change that. (Amberlynn Banks)
May 5, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Patients and health-care advocates say they're fighting back against two Indiana lawmakers who voted to block access to care at Planned Parenthood. Both voted in favor of the revised American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Rallies are being held today in Carmel and Evansville, outside the offices of Representatives Susan Brooks and Larry Bucshon.

Ali Slocum, communications and marketing director for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the new bill would keep millions of low-income women from getting breast exams, cancer screenings and birth control. She calls it the "worst bill for women's health in a generation."

"This bill would force women into a world where it's nearly impossible to prevent pregnancy, to receive medical care once they are pregnant, and makes it even more difficult to raise a healthy child,"nshe explains.

The rallies are this morning at 8:30. After winning approval in the House on Thursday, the AHCA is now headed to the Senate, where it already has some vocal critics.

But, President Donald Trump expressed confidence it will pass there, too, and calls Obamacare "a catastrophe."

Slocum says implementation of the new AHCA includes defunding Planned Parenthood, which means losing the ability to provide millions of women and men with primary and preventive care - from cancer and diabetes screenings, to flu shots and birth control.

"In Indiana, we're at a historic low in teen pregnancy and at a 30-year low nationwide in unintended pregnancy, thanks to family planning and information," she says. "And each year, around 50,000 patients in Indiana choose to come to our health centers for exactly that reason."

Democrats are saying that Republicans who voted in favor of the bill could find it will cost them their seats in the next election.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IN