Indiana Senate to Give $45 Million More in Up-coming Year to State Agencies That “support the health of pregnant women, postpartum mothers, and infants,” Especially Among Low-income Families

The Indiana Senate Rules Committee takes testimony on a Republican proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state during a hearing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana senators on Friday approved a measure to direct funding toward programs that help pregnant women, children and people who adopt during a divided special session where lawmakers have been wrangling over a proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state.

The spending bill from Senate Republicans, which passed 46–1, allocates $45 million more in the coming year toward state agencies that “support the health of pregnant women, postpartum mothers, and infants,” especially among low-income families. The wraparound services would be available for families with children under 4 years old and comes with an estimated $5 million expansion in adoption tax credits.

Alone in his dissent was Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor, who said that while he thinks it is important to send assistance to families in need, disbursing the funds through the state’s budget agency is “not fiscally responsible.”

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Source: Associated Press, ARLEIGH RODGERS

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