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

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. Daniels was Bush's Budget secretary

    Which makes him well-qualified to ruin, er run our economy.

    April 29, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. david

    i hear this guy may not actually like the bill and that by signing it, he maintains his republican cred its really sad because this bill is wrong, he knows its wrong but he will sign it anyways typical republican ideology always party before truth, honesty and the welfare of the American people...according to the republicans when you run for office you are loyal to the party not the country...and you are required to just fall in line...the Dems are a stronger party because they still encourage free thinkers to join...the Republican way will not last...

    April 29, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. neverarepublican

    I hope that anyone who is aware of, or becomes aware of a person from Indiana who's a republican and getting an abortion, will
    post that person on the internet. This law is a horrible blow to women who attempt to utilize their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
    I also hope that there are some good lawyers in Indiana who can represent the women forced out of the abortion option, to sue any and all politicians linked to this bill. And to further make a point, I would love to see a bill introduced in Indiana that would force a man to have a vasectomy at the whim of his wife or girlfriend. Seems that would put an end to a few unwanted pregnancies right off the top. Let's here it Daniels. Perhaps that would wipe your stupid, maniacal look off your face.
    Something in inherently wrong with this man. Has he gone thru a moral check yet????? Something to think about...really.

    April 29, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. GaryB

    So, apparently the Republican plan to create jobs (supposedly their #1 priority), is to increase the incidence of late stage breast cancer and cervical cancer among women, thereby providing a much needed shot in the arm to the hospice and mortuary industries. That’s all I can figure that this war on Planned Parenthood amounts to, because taking away funds from women’s healthcare and birth control is not going to reduce the rate of abortion. Or is it just political grandstanding for the sake of political grandstanding?

    April 29, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Trevor

    Mr. Daniels has just kissed his political future goodbye. A move that I think was fully intentioned. The only reason Mitch would not run is because of his wife's adament disapproval. She does not appreciate the media attention one iota and will not even live in the governor mansion, for fear of invasion of privacy. Being a staunch he-man Republican, he would never want to appear to cowtow to a woman, so he went with an easy out. The only person the Republicans have left is Trump and good luck with that one.

    April 29, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Republican Robber Baron

    His "truce" on the Culture Wars lasted for what ? 10 days? Nice to know the GOP is so committed to jobs and fixing the economy. Planned Parenthood and NPR doesn't even account for 1% of the budget...not even close to 1%. What a joke GOP.
    Enough of the bait and switch games already.

    April 29, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. kyle

    That money can be used for tax cuts for the rich instead!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. clarke

    Geez, is that a threat or a promise regarding Women's health. He sounds like a bully, he must be so proud of himself. Federal monies are not used for abortion, were you aware of that. You can run for President if you like, but I sure won't vote for you. In fact you probably already lost, so save your money.

    April 29, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. AK Sean

    As a former IN resident, I say to my other Hoosier brethren–vote this clown out of office. His decision reeks of immorality and a disregard for human compassion. What a horrible human being.

    April 29, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |

    Gov Daniels is cutting off his nose. He may save 10,000 unborn that will soon become the unwanted, neglected, and abandoned. They will further strain Indiana's child protective and medical services, require more prisons, and more cells on death row. Therefore, his fiscal madness is not based on sound policy, but on religious motives that have no place in a well-ordered society.

    April 29, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    I live in Indiana and like and respect our Governor. However, many women depend on Planned Parenthood for a large percentage of their medical care, since the essential services this agency provides are not available in many cases. Several studies indicate that without family planning services such as those provided by Planned parenthood, the number of abortions will increase, something that pro-choice people don't want any more than the anti-choice people. Also, many women would never receive cervical cancer screening if not for Planned Parenthood, an agency that I fully support, as do many physicians in my state.

    April 29, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. A disgusted former Republican

    Why do republicans hate women and the middle class so much? Is there some genetic defect that causes these morons to act the way they do?

    April 29, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. mm

    This guy will never win a presidential run.

    April 29, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. seriously???

    Good, put another nail in your potential presidential campaign.

    April 29, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. hillbilliter

    This is just another chapter in the GOP's War on Women. Same bias, different day.

    April 29, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    What is going on in this country. There's a war that's been declared by Republicans against the poor, after their policies (and at least one of Clinton's with Gramm Bliley) nearly destroyed us. Is this who we want to be, a country that refuses to take care of our own, especially in a desperate time of need? Planned Parenthood provides medical services to women who could otherwise not afford them, like pap smears and breast cancer screening. Abortions are not funded by taxpayers. It's against the law. This is sad to watch what we're allowing our elected representatives to do to us.

    April 29, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. JurryL

    Why is it rich white men are so afraid of the Constitutional RIGHT to choose and then want to have nothing to do with their "saved" babies once they are born?

    April 29, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Freedom

    God bless you and thank you Governor Daniels! GOP 2012!

    April 29, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Veteran

    Lets see todate, every Republican who won office the last election campaign on reducing the debt and jobs, kinow that they are elected, 99% of the Republicans are only interested in the agenda they hid from the voters, destroying unions, all woman rights and the dismantling of every social program that benefit the low and middle class, again just like the Ryan budget, americans are paying attention and they will witness it first hand in the next election

    April 29, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Why do these people keep getting elected? They will never know what it is to be a woman in this country. As a young college student without health insurance, I used planned parenthood for my annual exams. As a young married woman without health insurance, this is where I went for family planning. My husband and I wanted to wait to start a family when we could afford it We both had great jobs with health insurance when we did start a family. I WAS 28 went my first son was born. As a responsible parent....we need planned parenthood. Services like these are what America needs.

    Proud 53 year old mom with one still in college. Thank you Planned Parenthood, we could not have done it without you,

    April 29, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. fernace

    This is an outrage!! Because of this mans "personal views" he's going to punish a woman who just wants a breast exam. Abortions are still legal in this country, why would he want to force his views on a woman who has made her decision. It is extremely arrogant for him or any politician to think his feelings about the matter is more important & should supercede those of a woman facing an unwanted pregnancy! This is in my opinion a veiled attempt at trying to control womens sexuality. Men have been doing that for centuries & it obviously still continues.Women dont get pregnant in a vaccum, men certainly do their part, I'm not hearing talk of legislating mens testicles! O nly a womans uterus is fair game!This is so twisted!!

    April 29, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Pig

    Congrats nutjob, you just guaranteed more abortions. WTG, loser.

    April 29, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Henry Miller

    "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,"

    Why is it the responsibility of taxpayers and of any level of government to pay the medical bills of these people?

    How's this for an idea: everyone pay their own bills and take responsibility for their own affairs.

    April 29, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. 40acres

    >>>"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.<<<

    Well sure those services will be available in every county. It's just that they will NOT be available to the poor.

    April 29, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. T'sah from Virginia

    EVERY picture of Daniels shows just how "sneaky" he is – He's ALWAYS peaking around someone!! CNN – don't you have another picture of this person???

    April 29, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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