Daniels signs controversial Planned Parenthood bill into law
May 10th, 2011
07:44 PM ET
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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. Dave

    Wow Mitch Daniels is a real scum bag. cutting off funds for preventative care for women? how scummy can you be? Cutting these funds is only gonna put millions of women in Indiana at risk. Way to go Scum bag

    May 11, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Way to go Daniels ...More states should follow his example

    May 11, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  3. Jennifer

    Why should a law that bans funding for an organization that openly kills unborn children be touted as "unconstitutional"?

    May 11, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  4. Peter E

    Hypocrisy alert!
    I challenge any and all of these so-called conservatives to check their own private insurance companies and see how much their insurance premiums are going towards abortions too! Nearly every major private insruance covers it too so yes, chances are YOU are paying for abortions already!
    These anti-abortion bills have NOTHING to do with any moral objections by these lawmakers. They are actually just trying to drive taxpayers more and more towards greedy private corporations, while hiding facts.

    May 11, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. john smith

    Nice to see the Repubs making the world safe for cervical cancer. Good job guys!

    May 11, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  6. cecilia

    Does anyone know when the War on Women started. was it a declared war. or one of those sneaky underhanded tea party assaults.

    May 11, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  7. Bruce

    Good for Mitch. use those tax dollars for better reasons than to give them to PP for abortions. PP says they don't use money for abortions. That's crap. there's an investigation underway right now for the way they handle their "books" and a portion of the money does in fact go towards abortions. Women want abortions fine, but not with my taxpayer money. Next time use birth control.

    May 11, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  8. liz

    adding misogynist to his resume?

    May 11, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  9. Superman

    Another reason to vote for democrats.

    May 11, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. DAW, NC

    It sure is good the the republicans want to limit government, accept when it comes to issues of choice, rights, beliefs.

    May 11, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  11. dianne

    Great way to alienate the Independents! Lost my vote.

    May 11, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  12. ASingh

    Have the republicans lost their mind? WHy theya re so much against women health?

    May 11, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Shame on the governer putting his political ambitions ahead of poor women's health-I know Indiana does not intend to make up the deficit in health care. He is the worst governor-short little Napolean complex guy-he does not move the state ahead-our children's education is at risk here now women's health-He needs to be replaced not sent to Washington-ilttle George Bush animal!!!

    May 11, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  14. Marry

    So sad that Indiana proposes such a backward bill on social issues! The opportunity to educate and help people in important and difficult mattes such as family planning should be taken. The little bit of money “saved” now will come back as much higher cost in suffering and financial burden to society later.
    GOP/TP always very short-sighted and backwards with “morals” that are more than questionable!

    May 11, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. Kathy

    Why does the GOP hate women and block thier access to healthcare?? If they gave away Viagra at PP the GOP would be for increasing their funding.

    May 11, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  16. Peter

    Way to go Mitch.......there goes logic out the window but that's something the GOP never had.

    May 11, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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