Yesterday, the Indiana legislature passed a bill to eliminate $2 million in federal funding that Planned Parenthood receives—or two-thirds of its budget. Most of the eliminated money is Medicaid funds. If signed into law, Indiana will be the first state to ban the use of Medicaid at Planned Parenthood clinics.
But it gets worse: The bill also ban abortions after 20 weeks and requires doctors to tell women who are seeking abortions that the procedure is linked to infertility—which is a gross lie—and that fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks or earlier.
Now the measure sits on the desk of Republican Governor—and potential GOP presidential contender—Mitch Daniels:
Daniels, who has positioned himself as a fiscal conservative focused on the deficit, created some controversy in 2010 when he called for a "truce" within the Republican party over social issues such as abortion. Whether the governor decides to embrace this conservative bill could signal if he's attempting to get back in the good graces of social conservatives and make a serious bid for the White House.
Daniels has said he would announce whether he was running for president after the Indiana legislative session. The session ends tomorrow, but the governor told the Star he has yet to make up his mind, so he "absolutely" won't be making any announcement this weekend.
Governor Daniels obviously has a lot to weigh over this weekend, namely, the value of women's health in his state versus a long-shot presidential bid. Push him in the right direction by emailing him here or giving him a call at 317-232-4567. Hoosier women don't deserve to be lied to, or have their access to health care crippled by bigots.
Hearts and butterflies to Angel in Indy for the tip.