Right-To-Life Takes Issue With Award To PP Chief
March 12, 23014 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life on Tuesday denounced a state group’s decision to give an award to the chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
The anti-abortion’s group’s president, Mike Fichter, said he is “outraged” by the honor.
The Indiana Commission for Women honored Betty Cockrum – a former state budget director and the leader of Planned Parenthood since 2002 – with one of its Torchbearer awards on March 5.
She was one of 14 recipients of the award, which is given by the commission to “women who have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation.”
The Commission for Women also calls the award “the state of Indiana’s most prestigious recognition of women.”
“This award is meaningful because it’s a recognition that our mission at PPINK is important to the health and well-being of our patients and of our communities,” Cockrum said in a statement.
But Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter sees it differently.
“History will show this to be a tragic, embarrassing and foolish recognition by the state of Indiana,” he said.
Planned Parenthood officials declined to comment on the Right to Life complaint. A spokeswoman for the Indiana Commission for Women did not immediately return a message left for comment.