Handed out on the street in Wyoming.
If you've been wondering, like we have, whether the federal government will step in to protect women's rights to abortion, part of your answer just showed up in Indiana. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tells the New York Times it will intervene in Indiana's new law defunding Planned Parenthood. The statement, as it appears in the Times:
"Federal law prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from being spent on abortion services. Medicaid does not allow states to stop beneficiaries from getting care they need — like cancer screenings and preventive care — because their provider offers certain other services. We are reviewing this particular situation and situations in other states."
Those other states include North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Kansas, where providers tell us they need more federal help. Last month, the Department of Justice did move to protect a doctor we've covered in Wichita, Kansas, after an anti-abortion extremist sent her a threatening letter. That activist now says her First Amendment rights are being violated. The anti-choice crowd is unhappy that the Obama administration is enforcing the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances -- or FACE -- law.
Much as the legislative chipping away at Roe v. Wade moves from state to state, so the anti-abortion street movement pops up all over. Some of the same anti-abortion crowd we've reported on in Kansas spent last week protesting a clinic in Wyoming. A viewer who saw them sends the flier above, redacted by us, which he says group members were handing out to passerby and to local stores. This is an everywhere and anywhere problem.