Indiana contract calls for anti-abortion group receiving $3.5 million taxpayer dollars to provide services to pregnant women


By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Most of a $3.5 million no-bid contract that Republican Gov. Mike Pence awarded to an anti-abortion nonprofit organization will be spent providing services to pregnant women who choose not to have an abortion.

The contract says Pennsylvania-based Real Alternatives will direct about $2.4 million toward direct client services. Real Alternatives essentially acts as a middleman, signing up service providers in cities around the state.

The (Fort Wayne) Journal-Gazette reports that $313,000 will go toward paying administrative expenses, including $58,000 in salary for the president and CEO of the company.

Pence announced the contract in early October, but a copy of it was not made available until this month.

Real Alternatives receives taxpayer funding. Providers for the organization must have an anti-abortion mission and the funding can’t be used for contraceptives.