Daniels signs controversial Planned Parenthood bill into law
May 10th, 2011
07:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Daniels signs controversial Planned Parenthood bill into law

(CNN) - Republican Indiana governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Mitch Daniels signed a bill Tuesday that will cut off significant amounts of federal funds given to his state’s chapter of Planned Parenthood, a move the group fought by filing for a temporary restraining order and injunction with the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

The bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature by large margins, imposes some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortions, cutting off about $3 million in public funds received for female preventive health services, including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and other tests in the Hoosier state.

Although federal law prevents government funds being used for abortion services, proponents of the bill have said they do not want federal money funneled to an organization that performs abortions.

Planned Parenthood has said the bill, which takes effect immediately, is dangerous and would have a “devastating impact on women’s health” in Indiana, according to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In a release and subsequent media availability Tuesday, Planned Parenthood announced a joint filing with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana to prevent the bill from taking effect.

The release said PPIN (Planned Parenthood of Indiana) “believes the law is unconstitutional and violates federal law.”

Kenneth Falk, the legal director for the ACLU of Indiana, said the court heard arguments in the case Tuesday and will announce its decision in open court Wednesday.

– CNN’s Kevin Bohn and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels • Planned Parenthood
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. demogal

    Condemning untold numbers of women to a dearth of basic health care!

    May 10, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Freedom

    God bless Gov. Daniels! Planned killers and aclu need to obey the law for once instead of being crybabies.

    May 10, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Larry

    Another right winger with absolutely no regard for women's health, reproductive or otherwise. As long as he can show his pro-life colors, the rest doesn't matter. If he was truly pro-life, he wouldn't reduce funds for cancer screening. "If the bible tells me so..."

    May 10, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Move over Donald Trump. a new idiot has emerged as a leader of the true Taliban GOP.

    May 10, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. kd

    this man is a major political prick. Liar extreme. All of these nuts focusing on Planned Parenthood are extremists and liars. Stand up to them!

    May 10, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. concerned

    I dont even know where to start wit this one. It seems they are anti woman lol. I mean dont men get seen too?? II dont see anything in here about cutting funding for prostate cancer screening or any other illness dealing with men.

    May 10, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. Naldo

    Next year IN residents will complain about all the unplanned pregnancies and assembly-line deliveries in hospitals because they're overcrowded - or the rapid increase in home deliveries by women in poverty who have no healthcare.

    Happy now?

    May 10, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. MJ

    Un-Planned Parenthood is just that. The majority of the funds go to abortions. Those who are enjoying the "free" services will also be able to obtain the "desired results" through Medicaid. They make it sound like we are imposing a "death sentence", when in fact, no one is denied Health Services in this Country. Why should Tax Payers continue to fund an organization that could get funding from private sources? Birth Control is not expensive. Abortion should not be a means of Birth Control.

    May 10, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Herbie Walker

    Freedom for markets but not women. TCH, TCH, Governor Daniels! (Typical conservative hypocrisy.)

    May 10, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. thes33k3r

    Religion strikes again. Thanks for trying to keep the country in the 1950s.

    May 10, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. 2010 Was a mistake , that will be corrected in 2012 ! The GOP is trying to legislate us into the stone age's !

    Where are the job's bill's , GOP ? I hope everyone is paying attention and vote's these knuckle dragging GOP fool's out of office as soon as possible ! They promised job's but all we have gotten is a bunch of ideological garbage ! 2010 was a mistake and people are starting to realize it now ! Let's just keep our finger's crossed that they don't cause anymore mischief before we can correct that mistake in the next election !

    May 10, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. UncleM

    Do women have to wear burqas in Indiana now?

    May 10, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Shame Shame Shame!!!!!!

    May 10, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Ah yes, lawmakers playing twisted politics with lives, just what the voters need in times like these. I'm sure Daniels and his ilk are really, really proud for making such a difference for the common good. OK gentlemen, back to stealing whatever you can from the taxpayers! back to business as usual!! What a country.

    May 10, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Karen

    You have got to be kidding. This bill puts women's lives in danger. federal funding for abortion is outlawed.

    May 10, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Ron

    I'm starting to like those republican fellas! They sure know how to put a woman in her place. LOL. Oh, well, girls....you get what you vote for. I just hope the rest of the world doesn't have to come and rescue America from the republican talibans!!!

    May 10, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. rachel

    This is absolutely disgusting! Planned Parenthood provides life saving procedures for women who don't have health insurance!!! I'm completely appalled by this and he should be ashamed of himself. If he runs for pres in 2012, I hope he loses and I will not be voting for him! Men should not have any say in womens health care and the women who are for this should be ashamed of themselves and be move out of this country cause we don't want you here.

    May 10, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Russ

    And women, even those that need the help keep voting for these idiots that keep taking things away from them. You don't see these two voting to take anything away from themselves. When are women in this country going to stand up for themselves and quit letting old white guys tell them how to run their lives? When?

    May 10, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. Truth Dealer

    Man this guy is a weasel ! He even look's like one ! The GOP has lost the seniors , public servants , women and etc. It should be easy for the Dem's next election ! This will teach everyone about not voting in your best interest's !

    May 10, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Henry Miller

    Is the GOP trying to screw up their chances in 2012? It sure looks that way.

    It mystifies me that the GOP doesn't seem to see the fundamental contradiction between claiming to be the party that respects individual rights and freedoms while simultaneously doing their best to deny the rights and freedoms of pregnant women.

    May 10, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Bad move, and a deal killer for his run at the Presidency.

    May 10, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Sparticus

    Federal law prohibits the use of federal dollars for abortion funding. Planned Parenthood accepts federal dollars. Planned Parenthood provides abortions with those federal dollars. If you can't understand why pols are taking away PPH funding you're simply choosing not to understand.

    May 10, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. tony

    Of course it's un-constitutional. By the same folk who think they are the self appointed torch-carriers of the constitution , but are really the old plantation slave owning tyrants. Burkas for their bare foot and pregnant women next.

    May 10, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Jeff in Virginia

    And he says that he is not a culture warrior. LIAR.

    May 10, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Larry L

    Look at his eyes. If you were casting for a Gestapo officer in a WWII movie this guy would be a natural. Come to think of it... most of the Tea Party darlings would be good choices. Imagine that....

    May 10, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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