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

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. J.V.hodgson

    This man is a disgrace to himself and the stae of Indiana. His own central party gave up on this reform at the federal level.
    He is denying some very needed care for women based on one element od PP's activity ( less than 3% nationally) based on his personl religious beliefs and his therefore obvious bigotry.
    I have question for him. if he has a son who is married and they have say teenage kids and his sons wife gets raped and his pregnant would he enforce his son and wife to proveed with that pregnancy if they siad no we want an abortion and need Planned parenthood to help!? what then MR Daniels... my guess you 'd pay to have it done privately for your son and wife.
    Thats why what you are doing is Immoral and bigoted.
    And you just lost a lot of womens votes.

    May 11, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Party Before Country ... Party Before State .... Party Before People ....

    That's the GOP in a nutshell. They don't give a rat's behind about anyone of anything except pushing their radical, theocratic agenda that is sinking our nation.

    Stand up to these yahoos, folks! Get out and VOTE Democratic in 2012!

    May 11, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. jt35

    just horrible. naturally, old men know what's best for women.

    May 11, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  4. justsayn

    Sooo....3% of what PP does is abortion. So, you cut off funding, you just cut off birht control for poor women. Soooo, you WANT your welfare roles to sky rocket, huh? I guess so.

    May 11, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  5. Michael

    Lots of bills that far-right wing-nut governors sign these days are unconstitutional. They scream about the constitution and then they violate it as fast as they can. Pathetic.

    May 11, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    All of Daniel's pictures LQQK spooky!!!! Was his birth PLANNED????

    May 11, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  7. Rev Mkell,

    If they can save one child by stopping abortions they've done their job!! If a few women die of cancer no big deal! They were probable poor and didn't vote GOP anyway so no big loss!

    May 11, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. Lenny Pincus

    Really, what would you expect from a governor of a state like Indiana? Enlightened, reasoned thinking or pandering to dimwits?

    May 11, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. Criterion

    Where is the mention that some 98% of women who go to Planned Parenthood for counseling end up with an abortion? Did you forget to mention just how big an abortion mill that PP is? Did you forget to mention the eugenics roots of PP? Golly gee, could this be another slanted, pro-Dem, pro-abortion site which fails to inform itsreaders? I wonder why some people object to Planned Parenthood?

    May 11, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. Mike H.

    Republicans would rather that babies be born alive, perhaps malformed due to lack of prenatal care, or maybe unwanted, and without healthcare so that they might die in other ways besides abortion. Today's Republicans are big on narrow ideaology and small on compassion.

    May 11, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  11. richard

    when your daughter shows up pregnant with a std, remember who you voted for

    May 11, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  12. Moe NY

    Daniels, just another teabag/republican who is out to do harm to the middle class (what is left of it) and the poor.

    May 11, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  13. Moderate

    I liked Mitch Daniels, and I was beginning to believe that Republicans could separate their often valid financial views from their social agenda... until now. It's unfortunate that social issues continue dominate the Republican party and hopeful presidential candidates. The nation is facing much greater problems right now. I understand that not everyone agrees with abortion, but it's difficult to understand why these same individuals refuse to support an organization that provides so much more – where are young teenagers to go when they are too embarrassed to talk to their parents about birth control? Or simply cannot afford to purchase it? There are more pressing issues that this nation, including Indiana, needs to address before funding for this organization is cut.

    May 11, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  14. Paul

    The irony in Republicans' fight against abortion is that the policies they put into place in order to fight it actually serve to increase the number one cause of abortions, which are unwanted pregnancies.

    May 11, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  15. american me

    These extreme right wing, religious fanatic, Conservative, Republican, hypocritical, anti-choice whack jobs are so opposed to abortion because they know that if their mothers could go back and do it all over again, they would have aborted these losers. They're always trying to force their deviant views and lifestyle on the rest of us normal people. They love telling other people how to live their lives, while their own lives are complete disasters. So here's the solution to your mental disorder: if you don't like abortion, don't have one. Otherwise keep your mouths shut and don't try to tell another woman what she can and can't do with her own body. Problem solved.

    May 11, 2011 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  16. jimiatlas

    The Republican Party will not be happy until every American woman has been declared the property of her husband.

    May 11, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  17. Sydney Australia

    GOOD! Planned Parenthood does not need nor deserve any Federal funds.

    May 11, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  18. Steventxsa

    Yeah.. I'm 100% sure that taking away birth control for women will significantly reduce abortions.. Smart thinking..

    This is what happens when right ring religious nut jobs take office.

    May 11, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  19. Alexandra

    Wow, so in an attempt to prevent women from being able to choose to terminate their pregnancies, Indiana will now cut off funds for birth control, resulting in even more unwanted pregnancies. On top of that, Indiana will also get to experience more advanced breast and cervical cancer cases. Wonderful logic there, no? I grew up in Indiana, but what a godawful backwards place.

    May 11, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  20. Thomas

    Idiocy! Playing politics with women's health is just plain contemptible. The vast majority of what Planned Parenthood does is breast and cervical cancer screenings, but all these right-wing knuckle-draggers think of is abortions - a LEGAL procedure which is only 3% of what they do.

    And that IS meant to be a factual statement.

    May 11, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  21. NoobNeutralizer


    These people need to stop pumping out babies...

    More politicians need to start taking action like this...

    May 11, 2011 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  22. Sean

    Abortion means the intentional killing of an innocent human being. Why should any taxpayer be forced to pay for such an evil act? I am sorry for the women who feel forced to make that choice (in particular since I have friends who have been down that road and I have seen the devastating effects it had on their lives), and they need help and the moment the government would set up a decent system to help mom's to make sure that their kids are cared for, I'd be the first to chip in – but also the first to remind the dads that this is their job in the first place, not the job of society at large, we are not a socialist country after all. Or maybe we are? Let's see, the government is paying for something which is only a benefit for a few but harms the country and more importantly shows a complete disregard for human life. Just like in...the Soviet Union which back in the day was rightly called the "evil empire". Thanks to Gov Daniels for starting to end this craziness. Abortion kills and by using my taxes, the government makes me an accomplice in this evil. Of course it is not popular to say it but the truth is still the truth if nobody wants to hear it. We have to step back from seeing abortion as a solution to individual financial problems. Rather, we should help those who are in need so that they do not feel the need to kill their own children. Abortion is objectively wrong and I do not want to have anything to do with it. This is not just a mere political issue about which one can disagree. If it would be just that I could easily say, ok, I don't agree with the government of the day on a certain issue but I respect its authority and know that I get my shot at change at the next election. With most political issues, such an approach would be fine. But abortion kills innocent human beings. This is gravely evil and we have to make clear that this does not happen in our name. I do not want to pay for evil. It is time to end abortion, ending government funding for abortion is an important step in the right direction.

    May 11, 2011 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  23. Bob

    As a Canadian, I find it astonishing how fundamentalist the USA has become. Past generations of Americans would look upon the modern day theocracy of the USA and be horrified. America has become a western version of Iran.

    May 11, 2011 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  24. Tommy Mack

    So much for "less government interference" in our lives from radical theocrat Republicans. These guys would be happy in IRAN. Change "ISLAM" to "CHRISTIAN" and that's what they want.

    May 11, 2011 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  25. Jamie

    I agree with Daniels. Yes, Planned Parenthood provides much needed services, but there are a few things to consider. Both federal and state governments need to cut spending in ALL areas. Daniels is not cutting off all funding, just a portion of it. There is also the fact that Planned Parenthood receives private donations as well. That needs to be considered. I support PP outside of its abortion services but they would survive with less government funding.

    May 11, 2011 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8