Monday, September 8, 2008

Letter to Editor of S.B. Tribune

A.G. conflict
Linda Pence, the Democratic candidate for Indiana attorney general, is exhibiting a troubling conflict of interest by accepting campaign cash from Indiana’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The contributions specifically call into question what role Attorney General Steve Carter’s investigation into possible coverup of child sexual abuse by Planned Parenthood might have played in generating this type of abortion rights support for Pence.

In 2005, the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit sought to verify that Planned Parenthood is properly reporting child sexual abuse by requesting the records of children younger than the age of 14 who indicated sexual activity. Instead of cooperating, Planned Parenthood of Indiana filed suit against the attorney general’s office and eventually blocked access to these children’s records.

Now Planned Parenthood is investing its political capital in Pence, a candidate who, if elected, may be compromised in her ability to uphold Indiana law because of her financial relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Pence’s acceptance of campaign cash from Planned Parenthood, as well as money from the national abortion rights group Emily’s List, places her candidacy in a shadow of suspicion and compromise.

Mike Fichter
President and CEO Indiana Right to Life Indianapolis

(H/T Hoosier Access)

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