As most readers know, the University of Notre Dame is located in the town of South Bend, Indiana. As of yesterday evening, it was official that Indiana has de-funded Planned

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Parenthood. Governor Mitch Daniels signed into a law a bill that prevents any future taxpayer money from going Planned Parenthood.

In light of the federal debate on-going about the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, Governor Daniels signing of this bill makes Indiana the first state in the nation to remove Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. In addition to revoking federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the bill also bans all abortions passed twenty weeks of gestation. In late April, Governor Daniels stated his intent to sign House Bill 1210 when the time came that it came to his desk, citing a 2:1 bipartisian support for the bill from the state’s congress and  “the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers.”

In answer to Planned Parenthood’s criticisms of the bill, which they say will prevent citizens from receiving the “livesaving care offered by Planned Parenthood centers,” Governor Daniels said that he can confirm after a “careful review of access to all services across the state”  that “all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women’s health, will remain readily available in every one of our 92 counties.”

Emphasizing that the new law is not discriminating against an particular group,  Daniels said that “[a]ny organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortion.”

Read more about Indiana’s new law here. See the bill’s contents here.