State Lawmakers Take Stand Against Abortion Funding


State lawmakers take stand against abortion fundingSeveral States have bolstered their efforts to fight abortion after Federal lawmakers failed to defund Planned Parenthood earlier this month.

According to FOX News, Indiana, North Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire and Kansas are considering legislation that would slash funding for abortion providers. In Indiana, the House of Representatives voted on April 17 to cut $3 million in funding to Planned Parenthood, sending the bill to Governor Mitch Daniels' desk.

Critics of the measure argue that Indiana will lose $4 million in Federal Medicaid funding if Daniels approves the bill, the media outlet reported. GOP legislators have disputed that claim.

Daniels, a Republican, is among the rumored GOP candidates for the 2012 Presidential race. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, another potential candidate, recently called on Daniels to sign off on the anti-abortion bill.

"Public funds should not be used for that purpose," Santorum told CBS News.

In Texas, the Republican-led House has approved a law that would strip more than $60 million from its 2012 budget item dedicated to family planning services. However, GOP Senators have drafted their own version that cuts only $12 million.

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