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. concerned

    Perhaps a boycott of Indiana is in order? Don't these fools realize Planned Parenthood is, in many cases, the only place a poor woman can obtain health care? NOT abortions- but physicals, pre-natal care, gynecological care – basic medical care.

    May 10, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. Calamerica

    You get what you vote for!!

    May 10, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Rob in MO

    So we don't like abortions. We take away the birth control that prevents unwanted pregnancies and the need for abortion. I guess that makes sense to republicans.

    May 10, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    That's nice. Better make it harder on people already in a difficult situation. That's the Republican way. No birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings which help save people's lives. If you think helping someone AVOID an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy is a bad idea, then this bill is for you. If you think that health care and education which encourages people so they are not put into a position where they might consider an abortion is a good idea, then this group should get at least double the funding, not less. Abortion is around 3% of what goes on there at Planned Parenthood and is not paid for by the funding received from the government by existing law. That other 97% includes services to women that save their lives and helps them make better decisions concerning birth control specifically to avoid a path that might lead to abortion.
    Republicans want small government? What happened to the outrage at having a doctor talk about end of life care? "No bureaucrats between me and my doctor" was the cry but if abortion MIGHT be an outcome we need all the bureaucrats we can get piling in there to say their opinion and force women to face even more challenges to an already constitutionally granted right. Where is your outrage now? Pro choice people pay taxes too and this bill is nothing but big intrusive government and it stinks.

    May 10, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Stephen Kliewer

    These people are ideologically blind idiots. They are cutting off services that PREVENT unwanted pregnancies and promote health. The cost of not providing these services, long term? Devastating. Not only terms of money, but ion terms of pain and suffering, death of women, unwanted children, poorly parented children (by women not ready for parenthood), and more.

    This is a gesture to appease ideological radicals that doesn't even really support the ideology it purports to support

    May 10, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. JBlooze

    That's nice. Better make it harder on people already in a difficult situation. That's the Republican way. No birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings which help save people's lives. If you think helping someone AVOID an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy is a bad idea, then this bill is for you. If you think that health care and education which encourages people so they are not put into a position where they might consider an abortion is a good idea, then this group should get at least double the funding, not less. Abortion is around 3% of what goes on there at Planned Parenthood and is not paid for by the funding received from the government by existing law. That other 97% includes services to women that save their lives and helps them make better decisions concerning birth control specifically to avoid a path that might lead to abortion.
    Republicans want small government? What happened to the outrage at having a doctor talk about end of life care? "No bureaucrats between me and my doctor" was the cry but if abortion MIGHT be an outcome we need all the bureaucrats we can get piling in there to say their opinion and force women to face even more challenges to an already constitutionally granted right. Where is your outrage now? Pro choice people pay taxes too and this bill is nothing but big intrusive government and it stinks.

    May 10, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. charles

    I he could get pregnant. Big government, get out people's bedrooms.

    May 10, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. Donnajoy

    It is really sad that Gov. Daniels is only focused on himself and his cohorts. Does he really think that the voters would ever elect him President? Taking away women's opportunity to receive the healthcare they need but cannot afford from any other source is hard to comprehend. I don't really care about his religious beliefs; he has NO right to take these services away. There is suppose to be a separation between Church and State. This country is for people of different religions. I resent Gov. Daniels imposing his beliefs on all of the women in Indiana.

    May 10, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. browneyez195

    surprise surprise i live in his state and can't wait till hes gone he is the biggest proof that republicans are against all americans especially the poor....

    May 10, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. Meaghan Self

    I'm tired of old men telling me that I, at the age of twenty one, am not smart enough to handle nor deserve the rights to decide when or even if I will have a child, and if I do get pregnant the fetus which should be a gift to a woman turns into a punishment that I will carry the rest of my life. It's not a great thing to carry a child if you are forced to do it, and I think it shows rampant narcissism that these individuals think they have the right to tell me this. I am not a sow that you can push around and breed at your leisure. My womb does not dictate my rights. If you're so concerned about abortions how about you start looking at the men who get these women pregnant. I'd also like these conservatives to start keeping their pants up so I can stop choking on their hypocrisies when it comes to sexual health.

    May 10, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    This shocking news makes me ashamed of the state where I grew up and went to both high school and college. I can hardly believe that they have grown so backward-looking in their attitudes. Thank goodness Planned Parenthood is not in danger here in more progressive and sensible Colorado, my home since 1971.

    May 10, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  12. What is next?

    Women's health is a no, Education is a no. So you want the women to keep the unwanted the babies, but then you won't provide them with the education they need. ItWhat is a yes? Tax Cuts?? This country is going wayyyyy south...

    May 10, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Jason

    There is no reason what-so-ever that those funds should or have to go to Planned Parenthood. The same services provided at PP clinics can be done at county health clinics. There is no reason that tax payers should be forced to support Planned Parenthood.

    May 10, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  14. Kitty

    This idiocy will injure untold numbers of women, especially the poor women in Indiana, which there are a LOT of. The religious oppression of women in Indiana is astounding, and these vapid white males should stop trying to force the government into womens wombs.

    Yet again, thee party for smaller government intrudes on the medical privacy of women.

    May 11, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. wzrd1

    Way cool! Indiana is pro bre@st and cervical cancer! Well, at least for the poor.

    May 11, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. JJPJ

    Why the Republicans hate everyone who isn't rich and white? They hate the middle class; the poor; Mexicans; African Americans; gays; the unemployed; anyone associated with a labor union; Democrats, of course; and now women. It's truly the party of the upper 2%.

    May 11, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  17. once upon a horse

    Abortion should NEVER in my opinion be used as a form of birth control, but for many of the young girls and women that have one is because they can not take care of a child. That child has a better chance of winding up on welfare than being adopted esp if it is a minority child and the ironic thing about it is that Republicans HATE the dolle, food stamps, head start and all of that yet they don't want the girls to learn about birth control which is what PP mainly does. You can't have it both ways GOP but I guess that doesn't stop them from trying to.

    May 11, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. Shane

    Wow, cut funding to an organization that helps women with things like birth control and cancer screenings.

    This is exactly why I have a hard time supporting most Republicans

    May 11, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  19. Scott A

    Ahh good...was thinking the evil politicians in Indiana had just gone away. This GOP governor is showing that's not the case. It takes a special kind of sicko to cut funding for potential parents and then claim he cares about families. Maybe one day the governor of Indiana will actually care about improving his state's economy and other REAL problems rather than pandering to the ultra-conservative socialists.

    May 11, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. Danny Spencer

    Did Indiana turn Islamic Nation? Isnt that where the woman has no say over her own body?

    May 11, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. LEB

    Apparently Gov. Daniels is eager to see need going up for Medicaid, welfare, public housing programs, WIC, insurance costs, bankruptcies due to medical costs, demands on the foster care system, and social worker caseloads. I hope he's earmarked a few billion dollars for all of this since his moralistic opposition to Planned Parenthood is going to result in thousands and thousands of unplanned-for children as well as pressure on parents who can't or don't want to care for them.

    Frankly, it's cheaper to fund organizations like Planned Parenthood than it is to support all of the public entitlement programs that poor and working poor families need to survive. Abortion services are just a tiny portion of the healthcare services than Planned Parenthood offers. They also offer affordable means for contraceptives, as well as some clinics offering prenatal care for women and basic routine exams for women, men, and children. As a relatively well-off white male, he just doesn't understand how badly these services are needed, or how much of an undue burden it's going to put on young people and families who are struggling. Republicans claim that they're all about personal responsibility, but how can one be responsible for one's own life choices if the resources for dealing with them are taken away by people who think they can tell you how to live? It's pretty hard to build a house when you have no tools.

    May 11, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  22. Johnny

    The article says, "Planned Parenthood has said the bill, which takes effect immediately, is dangerous and would have a “devastating impact on women’s health” in Indiana." It will have no impact on the health of women in Indiana. Planned Parenthood is just one of many organizations to provide for women's health needs, but Planned Parenthood always uses this ridiculous statement when their funding is in danger. They know their biggest money maker is abortion, and it is documented that they almost always steer a women to abort, as opposed to helping provide other possible alternatives. And why wouldn't they. Abortion is their money cow. Their own accountants admit that while technically federal funding doesn't do go directly do abortions, it frees everything else up to focus in on abortion and make their big money in this way. Of course defunding Planned Parenthood actually improves the health of countless unborn women.

    May 11, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. BobInChitown

    Just another example of ongoing Republican deception and lies. Vote for us, we'll create jobs, we'll lower the deficit. And what happens in reality is a cut in funding for women's health services in the guise of anti-abortion crusading. I guess we had better get used to it, the Republican lies are just getting warmed up for 2012.

    May 11, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. Katy Mae

    Another step backwards

    May 11, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    This bill "cut[s] 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."

    If this isn't proof that Daniels is putting his own political ambitions (by sucking up to the religious right) ahead of the welfare of his constituents, then I don't know what is.

    He should be ashamed of himself – but that would assume he is human and has a heart.

    May 11, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
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