Alex Blaze

Mitch Daniels Cuts Funding to Planned Parenthood

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 11, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: indiana, Mitch Daniels, planned parenthood, reproductive health, women

Hey, remember how Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) called for a truce on social issues a bunch of times? 405px-MitchDanielsOfficialHeadshot.jpgApparently there was an asterisk no one noticed, because he's leading the way on the right's extreme social agenda:

And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.

There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.

While abortion is only a small fraction of the services Planned Parenthood provides, their other services are based around reproductive and sexual health, which, let's face it, are icky and will likely go away if we just pretend they don't exist.

Daniels, who was part of Bush's economic team, might run for president in 2012.

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Rick Sutton | May 11, 2011 6:06 PM

Oh, Alex, the things I could tell you...

This afternoon, US District Judge Tonya Walton Pratt, a sharp lady and an Obama appointee, refused to grant the TRO sought by PP. Which was a huge disappointment. Evidently the standard for TROs has risen dramatically, and she felt the PP plaintiff case was weak for an immediate stay.

She did allow the lawsuit to continue, and set oral arguments for June 6.

So, for now, the ban goes into effect very quickly.

It will play itself out in due time. After all, it's Indiana. We're still dealing with an illegal Republican Secretary of State. As in should've been off the ballot last fall. That case is progressing too. Slowly but surely. The potential result there is a real gut-giggle. Stay tuned.

But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.

I don't wish to insult anyone's intelligence ... but obviously this is the GOP ruse with the sub-text "We want all sexual matters out of the hands of the medical and social professionals, and handled by pastors and religious leaders -- after all, they have the proper training! -- and especially if you are poor."

And speaking of faith-based sex counseling, they also have proof that Adam and Eve rode to church every Sunday morning on dinosaurs.

* Yes, I stole that snipe from Tina Fey! *

You mean cutting off health services to thousands of Hoosier low income women isn't a "truce"? Hell, for Republicans that seems like almost giving up!