(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A bill restricting abortion and cutting off $2 million in federal funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana will be signed soon by Governor Mitch Daniels.
The governor had been weighing whether or not to sign House Bill 1210 for several days last week.
"I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now. 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. The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, as reflected in greater than 2:1 bipartisan votes in both legislative chambers,” the governor said.
Daniels added that all non-abortion services will remain readily available in every Indiana county.
"Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions," Daniels said.
Conservative Republicans pushed the defunding of Planned Parenthood because the organization provides abortions.
The author of the bill, Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero), said it will make Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the country.
Planned Parenthood officials said no taxpayer money is spent on abortions and said cutting the funding will result in more unwanted babies being born as they won't have the money for preventative measures such as birth control.
Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said the organization will file an injunction immediately if the bill becomes law, adding the organization will “try to halt this alarming erosion of public health policy in our state.”