Daniels to sign controversial Planned Parenthood bill
April 29th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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Daniels to sign controversial Planned Parenthood bill

Washington (CNN) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said Friday he will sign a bill to cut off much of the federal funds aimed for Planned Parenthood's chapter in his state. The group had said the bill will eliminate key health services for many women in the state.

"I commissioned a careful review of access to services across the state and can confirm that all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women's health, will remain readily available in every one of our 92 counties," he said in a written statement.

House Bill 1210, which passed both houses of the state legislature by large margins, will reject about $2 million of the $3 million in federal money the group receives for preventive health services for women, including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and other tests in Indiana.

"It's outrageous that Governor Mitch Daniels has decided to abandon his short-lived truce on social issues to sign a dangerous bill that would have a devastating impact on women's health and take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana, leaving them at greater risk for undetected cancers, untreated infections and unintended pregnancies," Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement Friday.

"Clearly, Governor Daniels would rather play politics with women's health than show leadership and fiscal responsibility in rejecting a bill that will ultimately cost the state millions in federal funding. If Governor Daniels chooses to run for president, his decision to sign this bill will make it harder for him to win key women voters," she continued.

This bill is the first in the country to take this type of action against the organization, but several other states are considering similar ones. Planned Parenthood has called it an "unprecedented attack" on women's health care.

Proponents of the bill have said they don't want federal money going to an organization that performs abortions, while federal law prevents its money being used for abortion services.

Planned Parenthood has said its federal dollars do not fund abortions although critics believe any such grants indirectly help the group to provide abortions by giving it money to fund its other services.

"Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions," Daniels said in his statement.

The measure will also restrict access to abortions for pregnancies of no more than 20 weeks putting some of the tightest restrictions in the nation. Five states now have a similar restriction.

"I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position," he said in the statement.

Planned Parenthood said it believes the bill would cost the state about $4 million separately in federal Medicaid dollars because the state could separate out which organizations could offer services to their patients.

But Daniels said he has taken actions to prevent that from happening. "I have ordered the Family and Social Services Administration to see that Medicaid recipients receive prompt notice of nearby care options. We will take any actions necessary to ensure that vital medical care is, if anything, more widely available than before.

It is a controversial bill, and some political analysts thought it might put Daniels, as he weighs a presidential bid, in a tough spot. He has called for a "truce" on the pushing of social issues as he thinks more of the national emphasis should be put on fighting the nation's mounting debt, which he has said is crippling. The governor however has also a strong record of opposing abortion rights.

Daniels told the Indianapolis Star on Thursday he had not made up his mind regarding a presidential bid but hoped to make a decision soon. The governor will sign an education reform bill on Saturday that requires schools to annually evaluate teachers and base employment decisions on those evaluations. He will have a media availability at that signing and is expected to be pressed on the prospects of entering the presidential sweepstakes. His spokeswoman, Jane Jankowski, told CNN Friday that event will be focused on his education agenda and that he still has not made up his mind and is not expected to have any announcements regarding his future.

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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Why do Republicans hate women?

    April 29, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |

    Another rethglican shows his true colors. He says truce and then signs this bill? I guess he thinks he can get elected without any women voting for him. His attack on women's health is a disgrace. This rethuglican is truly an idiot.

    April 29, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. roro

    The war on women in this country continues.

    April 29, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    When you vote the Taliban into office indiana, this is what you get! Just remember this next election cycle....the Taliban HATES women!

    April 29, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  5. Alan Moscowitz

    Just another man imposing his will on the women of our country. The mental, physical, and metaphorical rape of good American women continues. Governor Daniels, you are proving yourself to be a thug.

    April 30, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  6. CNN The Masters of Spin

    There you go! That's the way to do it! The Godless abortion Democrats dealt another blow! Daniels 2012!!!!!

    April 30, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. unretired05

    Looks like he decided not to run. If he does sign this bill I wonder how many pap smears and breast cancer screenings will remain undone? Killing with cancer, isn't that like retroactive abortion?

    April 30, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  8. Ken, AZ

    These republicans just keep adding nails to their coffin. I love it.

    April 30, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  9. charles

    Its mens world. They are forcing their will against women. Do men get pregenant, do they know what it means being pregenant, none at all. Women do pay taxes. Men are entilled to viagra federal dollars even in nursing homes. We need women governors and presidents, because there will be less wars and more money for health care for all. They are the mothers, not cocky.

    April 30, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  10. Chris

    If Republicans are using the argument that no tax payer money should go tofund anything that a portion of the population has a strong moral objection to – then I demand that all taxes be stopped towards wars, corporate welfare, paying for lifelong heath care for those in Congress, and so much more. And I'm sure there are plenty of other American tax payers who feel the same way.

    April 30, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  11. Clwyd

    If governor Daniels was thinking he would get my vote by signing this Bill, which will only help spread the STD virus and make it impossible for some woman to exercise their right of "Choice, " he is sadly mistaken. I don't live in Indiana, but I will do everything I can to work for his defeat if he does run for president!

    April 30, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  12. John

    This finishes him as a candidate, since the only thing distinctive about him was his offer, now clearly a disingenuous one, of a truce on social issues. If he's going to take Huckabee's positions, Republican primary voters might as well just vote for Huckabee.

    April 30, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. Floridian

    Same old Republicans. They promise to focus on creating jobs and making the economy better to get elected. They get elected and ignore that but instead go back to ramming their social agenda down everybody's throats.

    April 30, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  14. Rick Douglas

    Congratulations to Govenor Daniels, the state legislature and the good people of Indiana. A common sense approach to taxpayer funded abortions (regardless of the claims by pro-abortionists) and educaton reform has been needed for a long time!

    April 30, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  15. annie s

    Can someone explain the fuss about Daniels as a possible Presidential candidate to me? He was Bush's budget director, for goodness sakes – would we honestly want the person responsible for that disaster in charge of the country?

    April 30, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  16. Candy Taylor

    Why are these politicans so focused on denying women's rights? With all the other problems facing our states and the country you would think they would work on some of those issues. Will Indiana pay for the children that will surely be born because of this ruling? Of course not!

    April 30, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  17. Richard Osborne

    How partisan was the commission that did the review

    April 30, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on YOU!

    Daniels is just another GOBP worshipper of the failed Friedman/Rand cult of tax cuts for the filthy rich, ,deregulation and attacks on the poor and middle class. And the teatards and extreme social conservatives will somehow give a pass to a Bush loonie who was the budget director when Bushco was driving the economy into the toilet. That anyone would consider him presidential material shows just how much some Americans have lost their minds amid the ignorance, fear, hate and lies spread by the Greedy Old Propagandists.

    April 30, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. Belingo

    So much for the supposedly "reasonable" potential GOP candidate... I mean, he never had a chance to get the nomination, so what he does now or whether he runs or not isn't going to make any difference, but it's sad to see that even he has to abandon his "social truce", for which I respected him. And all that for (maybe) saving $2million?

    April 30, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Forget your little trip to the WH. Go ahead and make sure, not just the very poor, women can't get health services for themselves and their children.
    Who is going to pay for the babies that will now be born because Planned Parenthood cannot give these women birth control? What about the women with cancer?
    Unlike what kyl said in congress. It's NOT 90% for abortions (for those women who know what they want and nobody should tell them what to do with the bodies) it's a mere 3%. Sort of what the super rich and the billionaires don't want to pay extra in taxes!!!

    April 30, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. lena

    This guy is a Women hater for sure. Another Republican "Trying Desparately" to take the rights of Womens health "And trow it in the trash???? This "Nobody" is also a Racist!!!!!!! He made a racist statement that, Planned Parenthoods are located in mostly in our Black American Communities???? Women Beware!!!! Tailiban type tactics in work?

    April 30, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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