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. lizzie

    What kind of person would cut off female preventative health care. Daniels is sayig it doesn't matter if a woman gets cancer, dies of cancer just so holy-thas-thous can say they are the voice of God. God speaks for Himself; men are not more important than women.

    May 10, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. Ruby

    The Nazi Party came to power through the support of the Christian Far Right in Germany. Who relies on the healthcare services of PP? Poor women, a large percentage of which are non-white. Unplanned pregnancies are at an all-time low in the US – so he's not attacking abortion, even if he would like people to THINK he is..

    May 10, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. michaelam

    Isn't this the same clown that suggested that his party put aside social issues? Typical GOP/Teahadist assault on women! Wake up, ladies--the GOP wants you dead! Remember, we now control 51% of the workforce and that does not settle well in the White, Anglo, male world. Any woman that votes GOP needs her head examined. Forget about other parts getting examined because that won't happen....the GOP has curtailed THOSE examinations!

    May 10, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Mike

    Thank goodness for Gov. Daniels. We need more courageous politicians like him to stand up for what is right and moral. The non-abortion services offered by Planned Parenthood are available through many other healthcare providers in the state of Indiana, so there is no reduction in services available to women in Indiana due to this reduction in funding for Planned Parenthood. I truly believe that it is very important to honor a woman's right to choose...but only as it pertains to getting pregnant or not (the man has a choice too). Once a new life has been created in the mother's womb, her only real moral choice for the man and woman is whether they will raise the child or make an adoption plan.

    May 10, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. bigboxes

    The Taliban of Indiana is empowered. How grateful I am that I don't live in that backward state any longer. They still long for the 50's. Sad.

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

    I'm not sure why they say it is unconstitutional, the bill doesn't say that women aren't allowed to have an abortion if they so chose. The bill just says that the tax payers aren't going to pay for them. If they are protesting more because of the breast and cervical cancer screenings those can be done at hosptials as well.

    May 10, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Men Stop hurting womensrights

    More punishment against females just because they alone
    carry babies and yes if men had babies Abortion and birthcontol rights
    would have been in the US Constitution at it's getgo.
    Shame on these men and conservative folks that wish for women
    who do get pregnant to commit suicide or die with an illegal abortion.
    The rich always can go to europe or Mexico for abortion,the poor here
    have jokes like this Mitch Daniels as politicians.

    May 10, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Chris from California

    I'm not going to apologize but everytime I look into the eyes of most republican law makers that are trying to infridge on individual rights I see evil! An abortion is an individual choice period, if you are Pro life awsome but you don't speak for anyone but yourself. For a politician to say that they don't want money to go to a place that performs abortions is ridiculous! then that means that a lot of older patients will be with out MD's cause a lot of them work in places that do perform this procedure and guess what? Medicare is paid for by the government.

    May 10, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Positive

    Shameful! I hope all you ladies in Indiana show them the door in the next election!

    May 10, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. greyhackles

    What a shame – another state being dragged back to the Stone Age by a wingnut ideologue. Well, you put these pinheads in office, you deserve what you get. I'll wave next time I fly over, thanking my own personal savior I don't live there...

    May 10, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Matt

    Lost my vote.

    May 10, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. Big AL

    Anything to be in power regardless of who they hurt.
    Oh please! Spare me your propaganda of killing babies.

    May 10, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. K.


    May 10, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |

    what a complete shame that they would take away care for women simply because 3% of what PPH does is abortion. I was raped at the age of 14 and if it were not for PPH that gave me free care, testing and counseling I would not be here today. My suicide attempts would have succeeded without PPH. I am a huge supporter and always will be. I will never vote for anyone that is against the care of women.

    May 10, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. Lin

    Yup, keep 'em barefoot, pregnant, and down on the farm...One more state to boycott.

    May 10, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. Michael

    This amounts to blackmail. "...they do not want federal money funneled to an organization that performs abortions." Even though not a single cent of this money will go for abortions, the Republicans are saying do business our way or we will cut off your funding. What a bunch of hypocrites!

    May 10, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Bobo

    Because even if your personal RELIGIOUS views conflict with what's best for the state, better to ram them down everyone's throat than actually take care of your constituents. Seriously? Docking funds for cancer screening just because you don't like some of the other FULLY LEGAL activities that the group is involved in?

    May 10, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. paulbark

    Daniels is the guy who said he wouldn't push social issues. Liar.

    May 10, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  19. Tika

    According to its 2008-2009 annual report and fact sheet, contraception constituted 35% of total services, STI/STD testing and treatment constituted 34%, cancer testing and screening constituted 17%; abortion services constituted 3%; other women's health procedures, including pregnancy, prenatal, midlife, and infertility, were 11%.

    Strange that a man with 4 daughters would pull a chunk of funding from a service that helps so many women out of fear of the 3% of the services that they do. I guess the fact that he can afford any treatments they might need blinded him from all the good that Planned Parenthood does.

    May 10, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. Freddy

    Mitch Daniels vs. Indiana women. He's worried he'll seem too moderate for the Grand Old Tea Party – now he's one of the boys, he thinks..

    May 10, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. Lee

    I just don't understand how these Republicans keep getting elected. I know they pray on the undereducated and spread fear and discontent to gain votes but really. They talk about limiting government involvment in peoples lives but what they really mean is government involvment in corporate business. So they can keep the rich rich, meaning them and those in business that hold their leashes and keep the poor and the middle class down. This is just another example of thier fascist evil at work!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    May 10, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  22. lordpet

    Yeah, let's make sure more women get cancer because some of them may need to get an abortion. Makes sense, if you hate women.

    May 10, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. Collateral Damage Guy

    Hmm should see a nice rise in cancer patients soon....

    May 10, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  24. Mojomom

    So this will also successfully cut off lower income women from preventive care as well as birth control, which by the way helps cut down on abortions. I am sure the great governor has not put up an alternative way for those without insurance to get preventive health services,birth control, and breast and cervical cancer screenings . Trust me this bill is not hurting this mans neighbors as they most likely have health insurance so I am sure that he really does not care as most like not one women he personally knows may die of a treatable cancer because they had no where to go for screening. These is a ruling that only enforces classicism in this country. Shame on you Indiana putting your religious moral beliefs ahead of the lives of lower income women. I do not know what God you worship as the God I know of from the bible would shake his head in disbelief at how you have twisted his word to suit your belief that some how puts you on a pedestal above the lower class. Oh I so look forward to the day when you will be judged and you realize that God meant it when he said the meek shall inherit the earth and that the good Samaritan was a guideline and not just something to name roadside service.

    May 10, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. todd

    In other words, Indiana hates women and girls and babies born in poverty.

    Good luck Indiana, you are going to need it.

    May 10, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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