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. Mark McKee

    I may have a compromise that will please everyone. Go ahead, make abortion illegal, (except of course for the very wealthy Dems & Repubs among us), and in return, from now on any man who creates an unplanned pregnancy, will have his schlong sugically removed. That way the burden on women's health can be more equally distributed. Obviously there can be no downside here. Am I a genius or what?

    May 10, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. umpdad

    Though I respect the fervor that the Right to Life folks have for their beliefs, I think it's a bit hypocritical that some women will probably die an untimly death due to the lack of health screenings provided by PP. I know the easy answer to that is that there are other avenues of health care, but many of the women served by PP don't have insurance. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater!

    May 10, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Kathryn

    Wow, brave. I'm impressed and pleased. Making abortion legal does not mean taxpayers need to swallow the bill.

    May 10, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    "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."
    What is it going to take to realize that the party of hell no wants to control "the little woman". Rethugs don't care about women one bit unless they are pregnant and barefoot.. Planned Parenhood is also about yearly pap tests, birth control (because not everybody wants to overbreed like santorum and his wife) help if cancer is found, etc., etc.
    Leave it to the right wing nutsos party to take away a women's right. What's next? Women's vote???????
    daniels just lost most of the women's vote except for the religious bible thumping fools. Not that he is going to get far enought to make a difference.

    May 10, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Concerned

    This is a dangerous and ignorant move by the pro-life religious groups. This move promotes sexual diseases and low income birth rates. Hello welfare, aids, and dumpster babies.

    May 10, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. BlingyBlangy

    What a great day for everybody who is opposed to murder. Far more infant women are killed through abortion than via cervical cancer, so this bill will undoubtedly save many lives. Good work, Indiana!

    May 10, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    a sad day. These guys need to learn about what planned parenthood does before cutting off funding. this is like cutting off electricity to a house because you don't want people inside to watch tv.

    May 10, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Steve T

    Just remember, it is not about social engineering, it is about the budget... Expect the number of abortions to rise five fold in Indiana after cutting off the major source of birth control for low income women. It is time to declare war on the Republican lizards.

    May 10, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. woman#49329403843

    when the pro-birthers help to feed, clothe and educate all the unwanted children in the country, i'll understand their position a bit more. till then, measures like this do nothing but add to the ever growing poverty gripping the nation. but i suppose that's what some want....

    May 10, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Liz the First

    I wonder how many women will die from undiagnosed cancers, etc, because of this fanatic's personal religious beliefs. when will the rethugs learn that women's health care is none of the government's business? this is not a fundamentalist theocracy. it's a secular democratic republic and we don't force people to live by other people's religious myths. if you don't believe in abortion, don't have one! it's really that simple, folks. i hope every woman in the state rises up and recalls this bum and votes out every single rethug in the state. we are not going back to the dark ages, no matter how hard the rethugs try to drag us back.

    May 10, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. wcnea567

    Human population growth is the biggest threat this world faces. So its only right and smart to continue funding for Planned Parenthood. Do not let religion interfere with logical thinking. With more people around means human power becomes cheaper, there is no way around it. Look at countries to our south where contraceptives are not commonly used. They have big families and too often family members are unemployed or paid very little if employed. That is the main reason why many of them are forced to illegally cross their borders to work in US. This is how free market works unless republicans allow government subsidies for every baby born in the country.

    May 10, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Anon.

    Well yet another step backwards for women's rights. Now more women will go without care, more women will have no help in testing if they have cervical cancer or breast cancer along with treatment for these diseases. No help with preventative services or just a basic OB/GYN screening to make sure women who are without insurance they don't have any serious diseases. Way to go! You just signed a death sentence for many many women. Must be very proud.

    May 10, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. :(/:)

    like cutting electricity to a house cause you don't want people watching tv. I feel that representatives need to learn about subjects before forming opinions on them. otherwise our representative gov't fails.

    May 10, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. CSM

    ..and this sneaky looking person is comtemplating a run for the presidency? FORGET IT, You just sign away any chance that you may have had. Keep swinging with the right-wingers. FACT: A Man has no reason whatsoever telling a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. Her choice is a decision between her and her GOD. Until man can give birth, man has no say,
    period. WE need to leave people along. Mind your own freaking business! It ain't over yet.

    May 10, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. Betelmann

    Rack this up beside the destruction of collective bargaining in Wisconsin and the (for now abandoned) attempt to destroy Medicare and you have begun listing what the real Republican agenda is. No matter how calm and reasoned people like Daniels try to be, the fact is that they want to destroy individual freedoms for those who don't have the money to buy power.

    May 10, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Andrew

    What a vile, despicable action to the women of Indiana. What a sick, power-hungry and despicable person. From getting popped selling pot, acid and scrips in his dormroom, to pimping prozac, to screwing over IPALCO, to budgeting the greatest deficit in U.S. history to hate laws to this. Mitch Daniels is a piece of filth I can only wish on the GOP. Get this little parasite out of my state!

    May 10, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. CSM

    Once again AMERICA, listen up. You see what these rethuglicans have pulled on you? Do you see the lies they told about JOBS
    growing the economy, jobs, Jobs, jobs...IT was all a bunch of straight face lies and we fell for it. Never Again.


    May 10, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. balefulregards

    This isn't about anything except a deep seated fear of womens sexuality and an attempt to control reproduction by any means necessary.

    It is, in short, disgusting.

    May 10, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Over Tea Pee'd

    Gotta love the Christofascists, errrrr, I mean Republicans like Mitch Daniels.

    May 10, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. carly

    Yep that will get him elected in 2012. Another GOP loser.

    May 10, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. needNewGov

    What legal right do these idiots have to de-fund a certain health care provider that provides a procedure that is legal? How about de-funding a department of our government that happens to kill people every day (DOD). The American Taliban is slowly trying to take over. People need to raise their voices and stop this outrage.

    May 10, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. Great

    Good idea... lets cut services to the lower class so that they can continue to and have unwanted children who grow up to be adult burdens to the community. Maybe more people should watch/read Feakonomics – pay attention to the Roe Vs Wade argument that they make.

    May 10, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Jess

    So in today's modern society we do not care about the health care needs of women? So because Planned Parenthood performs abortions they should not receive funding? How do the politicians get to pick on a service that helps those lacking insurance or that need the vital testing done by Planned Parenthood. Thank you for the women hating message Republican's.

    May 10, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Kahuna

    It's obvious that the GOP wants more women to die from undetected cancer. This shows the 'let them eat cake' attitude of the GOP since the rich don't go to PP for their health care.

    May 10, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. midwestmatt

    Republican governor and potential 2012 presidential? Isn't every Republican governor a candidate right now?
    Funny thing, Mr. Daniels, the vocal minority you just appeased won't be able to outvote the majority of people that want affordable healthcare for women that can't afford the Republican healthcare plan of "screw all the little people 'cuz we got ours!"

    May 10, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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