Friday, April 29, 2011

Indiana Governor Vows to Block Federal Funds for Planned Parenthood

"Indiana's governor said Friday he will sign a bill restricting abortions and making Indiana the first state to cut government funding for a well-known organization that provides abortions and other medical care.
The move by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels was likely to beef up 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.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana said in a statement it would file an injunction to "try to halt this alarming erosion of public health policy in our state. Organization president Betty Cockrum said Daniels' decision to sign the bill was 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," she said." Full Article - via Associated Press

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