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Daniels to sign bill defunding Planned Parenthood

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Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Friday he will sign restrictive abortion legislation and make Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood, a move likely to boost his credentials among social conservatives as he considers whether to run for president.

Daniels said he supported the abortion restrictions from the outset and that the provision added to defund Planned Parenthood did not change his mind. He said women's health, family planning and other services will remain available.

"The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers," Daniels said in a statement announcing his intention to sign the bill when it arrives on his desk in about a week.

But the measure also puts Daniels' state at risk of losing $4 million a year in federal family planning grants likely to be cut off because of the legislation. Daniels, known as a fiscal hawk, did not address the loss in his statement.

The bill wasn't part of Daniels' agenda and he did not publicly advocate for the Planned Parenthood provision, but signing it might help his chances of winning the GOP nomination. Daniels opposes abortion rights, but his call for a Republican "truce" on social issues has drawn the ire of the social conservatives.

State Rep. Linda Lawson, a Democrat from Hammond who opposes the bill, said the legislation wouldn't win Daniels any friends among independents and women.

"It might be a maneuver, but I don't know if it's in his best interest," Lawson said.

Daniels said he has ordered Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration to ensure Medicaid recipients receive prompt notice of nearby care options.

"Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions," Daniels said.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana had urged Daniels to veto the bill and started a series of statewide rallies against it Friday.

Daniels, 62, has said he will decide on a run for president after the Indiana Legislature adjourns, which is expected Friday. He's also said he will not have a decision this weekend.

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  • Easy to Understand
    Actually, Tim seems to understand this pretty well. Planned Parenthood gets millions in taxpayer money. Planned Parenthood conducts more than 5,000 abortions a year in Indiana. Why is that so hard for you to understand?
  • Tim
    Tim, what is it in "it is illegal for taxpayer money to pay for abortions" you do not understand? This has been on the news for weeks. It is illegal by Federal law for any institution to use taxpayer money to pay for abortions. Planned Parenthood does not use taxpayer money to pay for abortions. They do use taxpayer money to help women (and their families) pay for other medical assistance. Surely you do not want to deny women to opportunity to fight cancer, etc.
    • Abortion is an elective procedure
      Rebecca Hagens, the great majority of abortions are elective procedures (except in case of rape or incest), and the taxpayer shouldnt support an institution that provides elective procedures. Next you will want the taxpayer to pay for facelifts and boob jobs for women too. Wake up.
    • mitch
      keep your laws off of my body
    • It's All About the Money
      Family planning rograms aren't going to be eliminated. There are non-profits that will jump in and fill the void. This is all about Planned Parenthood, a for profit group, using state and federal contracts to choke off competition. At the end of the day, they're will be more choices for family planning services due to the end of the PP monopoly.
    • Typical Liberal whining
      Typical Liberal whining. Howâ??s that hope and change working out for you obama has no leadership skills and skirts every issue not to mention how he is destroying this country
    • Jobs
      Please, Republicans, where are the jobs? You continue with your agenda to emphasize your ideology, but you have done absolutely nothing to help find jobs for Hoosiers. Governor Daniels, if you sign this bill your claim that it was not on your agenda is empty; by signing it you are a part of the movement. I think all the women that are now and in the future will/would use Planned Parenthood should just come to your office in the State House and ask you personally for assistance. Oh, by the way, Planned Parenthood didn't just help women; it helped families and that includes men and children. Now do we need to discuss the 4 million dollars per year you are turning down? And you claim to be fiscally responsible. Ha, just like so many politicians, you run for office on one platform and when in office work on another. So forget your ideology and find jobs for so many unemployed Hoosiers.

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