Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Will Sign Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood
Via ABC News: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced plans to sign a bill making Indiana the first state to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood, a move that could boost his standing among social conservatives.
“I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position.” Daniels said in a statement. “The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers.”
The bill would cut $3 million in federal money the state currently allocates to the women’s health group. It also would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless the woman’s life is significantly threatened, require women seeking abortions to be informed that life starts at conception, and require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
But the bill also puts Indiana in a financial tight spot as it risks losing $4 million a year in federal family-planning money that would be eliminated because of the state legislation. The governor has seven days to sign the bill, but even if he doesn’t sign it, it still will become a law. If Daniels were to veto the bill, the general assembly would be forced to wait until the next legislative session to address the measure again.
Planned Parenthood called Gov. Daniels’ decision “unconscionable and unspeakable.” “We will now suffer the consequences of lawmakers who have no regard for fact-based decision-making and sound public health policy,” Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said in a statement.
I know the liberals will despise this move because thousands of women will lose access to “health care”. If that’s the case, start opening up your own wallets and send a check to Planned Parenthood today. Our tax dollars are stretched as it is and I for one applaud Gov. Daniels’ move to defund them.