Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Battle over Planned Parenthood Heads to States, Starting with Indiana

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Battle over Planned Parenthood Heads to States, Starting with Indiana

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The Indiana legislature has passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), a moderate with potential presidential aspirations, must decide whether to sign it.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) is weighing whether to sign into law a bill that could establish a standard for other states targeting Planned Parenthood - and could help determine his future as a possible presidential candidate.

Last week, Indiana lawmakers voted to approve a measure that would defund the state chapter of Planned Parenthood by $2 million, the amount the group gets each year in federal dollars. The bill would also ban abortions following the 20th week of pregnancy unless a woman's life is in jeopardy. The measure would also require abortion providers to tell women seeking abortions that life begins at conception, that the procedure is linked to infertility, and that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks or earlier.

Other states are also trying to defund Planned Parenthood, but Indiana could be the first to pass such a law. If the Indiana bill becomes law, it would make the state one of the most restrictive in America in terms of where and how abortions are provided. That distinction would help solidify the conservative credentials of Governor Daniels, who is said to be close to announcing a possible White House run.

The bill's author, state Rep. Eric Turner (R), defended its passage, telling The Indianapolis Star Thursday that it means "pregnant ladies will have a better-informed decision to make." Representative Turner also said, "The net result will be less abortions in Indiana, and I'm pleased about that."

Daniels has not yet commented on whether or when he will sign the bill. However, regarding the presidential campaign, he has said he will announce his decision following the end of the legislative session, which is Friday.

Daniels is considered a moderate Republican who last summer told The Weekly Standard that the next president needs to declare "a truce on the so-called social issues" in favor of tackling America's economic woes. During his two terms as governor, Daniels has preferred to focus on union issues, budgeting, and education. …

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