Daniels signs abortion curbs as he mulls White House bid

INDIANAPOLIS Tue May 10, 2011 5:41pm EDT

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INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on Tuesday signed sweeping abortion restrictions that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy and cut funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

When the law takes effect, Indiana will become the fifth state to ban late term abortions based on the controversial idea that a fetus feels pain at this point.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana plans to seek a temporary restraining order and injunction in federal court on Tuesday afternoon to prevent the law from taking effect.

Daniels signed the bill as he is in the final stages of deciding whether to run for the Republican nomination for president to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Signing the abortion legislation should please conservative Republicans, who form the bulk of the party's presidential primary voters, but was criticized by pro-abortion groups.

Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said Governor Daniels was breaking his promise to "declare a truce on social issues and focus on the economy" by signing the bill.

Four other states have already approved a ban abortions after 20 weeks -- Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma -- and several more are considering such legislation.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana has claimed that the law could cost the state about $4 million in Medicaid federal family planning funds, affecting family planning providers other than Planned Parenthood.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Reporting by Susan Guyett; Editing by Greg McCune)

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jrwondra wrote:
Daniels did not break his promise on social and morality issues. Some matters are better keft to the states rather than the federal government.

Of course, the feds could legislate on this, but that doesn’t mean they should.

Too often, the federal government is eager and willing to extend itself into matters best left to the states, when it shouldn’t. Daniels clearly meant that as a federal candidate, he would not focus on such issues as marriage, abortion and other social matters best left to the states.

May 10, 2011 6:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rgspol wrote:
There goes my vote!

If ONLY my Republican Party would shed itself of these Social Conservative issues!!!!! As the small government party, how can we justify FORCING a particular set of values on others??!!!!

The only people who care about the Conservative social planks are old and are dying off in ever increasing numbers. The next generations don’t care about what are today Republican Core Values. Until it moves these social issues to the WAY back burner, or better yet, OFF the platform, the Republican Party is on a very slippery, downward slide into irrelevance and then extinction.

May 12, 2011 10:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rgspol wrote:
Too often, the Republican Party wants to extend itself into matters that are best left to the individual.

May 12, 2011 10:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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