In the wake of a series of gruesome undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood medical staff discussing harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies, a National Public Radio reporter claimed that efforts by states to defund the nation's largest abortion provider has had a "big impact," including contributing to an HIV epidemic in Indiana.
Weekend Edition Saturday Host Linda Wertheimer asked reporter Jennifer Ludden about that impact in states that have cut state funding for the organization.
“In Indiana, which has also cut funding to Planned Parenthood, you might recall a big story this spring of an HIV outbreak there,” Ludden said on Saturday. “The government called it an epidemic.
“That happened in the county where the state cuts forced a Planned Parenthood clinic to shut down two years ago,” Ludden said.
Ludden also implied that defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to less birth control for women and more abortions.
WERTHEIMER: Now, in the states that have already defunded Planned Parenthood, can you see a big impact?
LUDDEN: You absolutely can. Texas - a study just out this spring - found that a quarter of the state's family-planning clinics have closed. The ones who are left are only serving half as many women as before. The state's own study this year found 30,000 fewer women in Texas getting healthcare through its programs. That means fewer cancer screenings, less testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and, of course, less birth control. Health experts say that the upshot of this will be more unplanned births and more abortions. In Indiana, which has also cut funding to Planned Parenthood, you might recall a big story this spring of an HIV outbreak there. The government called it an epidemic. That happened in the county where the state cuts forced a Planned Parenthood clinic to shut down two years ago.
The NPR story did not provide any documentation linking an increase in HIV cases in Indiana to the closure of a Planned Parenthood clinic in that state.