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. bigfruitbasket

    This gov and his cronies must HATE women. They make me ashamed to be a Republican.

    May 10, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. rude

    Wow! I thought Bin Laden was dead but it looks like he got reincarnated.

    May 10, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. NoWay

    Welcome to the beginnings of Sharia law in this country.

    May 10, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Misty

    If nothing else, this bill is completely immoral. They're so fricken concerned about abortions, so now they take away our ability to get affordable birth control? That's only going to lead to MORE abortions, and anyone desperate enough will find a way to terminate a pregnancy. This bill does nothing but endanger the lives of women all over the state. We now have lost our affordable health care. No longer can we get free pap smears or inexpensive cancer or STD screenings. The republicans want to punish women for living. There is no other reason for taking away our health care.

    May 10, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. ScottC543

    The GOP is clearly anti-woman. They should be ashmaed of themselves, as should any woman who supports or votes for them.

    May 10, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Jamie

    Be prepared for your STD and unplanned pregnancy rates to jump. Congratulations.

    May 10, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Tia

    I guess now we all know where Governor Daniels stands on women's health. Maybe he's hoping that by cutting funds that are used to provide women with breast cancer screenings and cervical cancer screenings more women will die of those diseases since they won't have access to the low cost services available. Cutting off all funding to Planned Parenthood just because they provide abortions is like refusing to shop at a grocery store just because they sell a product like alcohol or tobacco that you disagree with.

    May 10, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. one voice

    Does this CLOWN know that only 3% of all services through Planned Parenthood are abortions and that 3% is privately funded?

    May 10, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. jordan

    this is a sickening thing.this man has no feeling for anyone other than his own family or his own religion.
    what a bummer for women in this state.

    May 10, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. LW

    Good job Mitch. My wife, who is a high school teacher, took her student to planned parenthood last week to get Plan B because of an accident with her boyfriend (because sex ed funding was eliminated by prior Republicans, her boyfriend didn't use the condom properly and it broke). My wife also paid the $50 it cost for the student's plan B pill because Republicans won't allow things like that to be covered by medicaid. Under Mitch, she'd be forced to have that baby at age 15, and then Republicans would try and prevent her from getting money for daycare for the kid while she tries to finish school, and Glenn Beck would complain if she got Medicaid or even money for public education.

    Republicans, why do you hate poor people? You clearly must, since all of your policies seem designed to eliminate services that might just help poor people become less poor.

    May 10, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. david

    Taxpayers should not be funding planned parenthood. If this organization believes in what they are doing is right by all means go out a solicit for these funds. If they did this they would find out how many people within the state of Indiana do not support this group.

    May 10, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. scott

    Brought to you by the Party (GOP) who claims they want to stay out of your lives. Except for when it comes to your body, or what you read, or listen to, or who can vote, or when you can resume having Constitutional Rights, etc...........

    May 10, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Murphy

    Medicare/Medicaid are federal programs that can finance many of the same services that PP provides. Additionally, their PAC gives millions to usually Democratic candidates. With finances and government budgets the way they are, cuts in spending have to made somewhere. PP funding seems like it would be one of the first things to go. Does anyone know why the ACLU would be involved too?

    May 10, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Luke Brown

    This is a political stunt that only hurts poor women and teens with unwanted pregnancies. Republicans don't care about them or their babies. This is not news.

    Daniels oversaw skyrocketing Federal deficits when he was at the Office of Management and Budget. He needs to get himself a good red herring to district voters.

    May 10, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. mk

    I live in Indiana, I know, my bad...right? Actually it is a good state full of people who try to live good lives. However, we have a strong anti-abortion, pro life movement here. Funny thing about those folks, they seen to any care about a baby while it is the womb. Protect that unborn! Pretend that planned parenthood takes federal money to kill the unborn! Sign stupids laws to protect the unborn!

    We also rank VERY IN HIGH CHILD ABUSE. However, when we read about the life of a real, live, living outside the womb baby being taken by an abusive parent, boyfriend etc...we turn the other way. We charge the murderer with homicide, aggravated assault etc....anything BUT MURDER. Apparently, the life of a child is only protected and precious while the child is in a womb. Once they are born, they are on their own and if some monster beats them to death, well, they just get a slap on the wrist. DISGUSTIN AND SHAMEFUL. Mitch can do better but kids don't make any money he can take as a contribution so they fall in last place.

    May 10, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. AndyBlue

    Its amazing that these religious people have the power to put so many blocks on a legal medical procedure. I will never vote for a republican again.

    May 10, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. GOP - the dumbing of America

    glad I left that state...my "man" Mitch is a disaster...selling off Indiana assets for a quick buck with no future foresight. Way to pander to the conservative base and screw over the woman of Indiana.

    May 10, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Alex Radcliffe

    How could this bill possibly be unconstitutional? Planned Parenthood is never "blessed" by the constitution, it does not have a "right" to receive federal funds, the government decided it would fund it. Enough private money is going into these types of programs for them to function without aid. Can this restraining order seriously go through?

    May 10, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. MLZ

    Wow, that's fantastic. Now let's watch the rates of cervical, breast and uterine cancer in his little ignorant corner of the world shoot up...

    May 10, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Republicans always SAY they don't want people on welfare or Medicaid, but then they reduce access to birth control and abortion. Where do they think these unwanted kids are going to end up? Don't you want crackheads to get abortions? Oh sure, nobody wants abortions; you want women to use birth control. Well, that's what Planned Parenthood does! It offers affordable birth control! I have an MBA from a top business school. My co-worker is a lawyer. We are from affluent families and work together at a premier investment bank. Yet just today we discussed how both of us went to Planned Parenthood for birth control when we were younger and poor. Neither of us ever had an abortion. If you think Planned Parenthood just performs abortions on trailer trash, think again. Smart educated young women go there for BIRTH CONTROL because they never want to have an abortion, and Planned Parenthood has convenient hours and better prices. I hope women will NOT support Mitch Daniels for president. He obviously can't relate to what it's like to worry about getting pregnant. Next time, have somebody with a uterus sign the bill.

    May 10, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. MLZ

    Oh, yea, and by the way, what's more cost-efficient? Cancer screening to aid in early detection and prevention... or chemo, hospital stays, radiation and death? Remember, dead people can't VOTE, now...

    May 10, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. irene

    Man should not be able to have a say about abortion. It is a woman's body and a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose. BTW: There has not been any federal funding of abortion since 1976. This idiot cut of funding that prevents unwanted pregnancies. What a moron he is!!!!!

    May 10, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. wow

    "proponents of the bill have said they do not want federal money funneled to an organization that performs abortions."

    who are these "proponents" and what thought and consideration did they give to the impact of this legislation?

    May 10, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Bob (Illinois)

    Just when I thought you were a sane Republican you pull a stunt like this. And it is a stunt and nothing else.

    May 10, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. Jerry D

    Once again, someone who is not even capable of having to decide on an abortion is making rule on it. This guy is not fit to be town dog catcher. The law will be overturned and he will be facing a recall soon enough.

    May 10, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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