Governor Mitch Daniels has signed House Bill 1210 into law, following through with his statement a week ago. That strong statement, which I reprinted here last week, pointed out that the portion of this pro-life legislation moving state tax dollars away from abortion providers would still leave over 800 Medicaid providers who are still eligible for state funded women's services. This fact did not stop Planned Parenthood, Indiana's largest abortion provider, from holding a press conference an hour after the bill was signed. They announced that they would seek a legal injunction (restraining order) against the implementation of the law.
Federal Judge Tonya Walton Pratt could issue or reject an injunction on the law's implementation as early as this afternoon. If the judge does not issue an injunction, it can be assumed that the ACLU and Planned Parenthood will still move forward with legal efforts to try to get the measure ruled unconstitutional.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has stepped up to announce that his office would defend the law, which is the duty of an Attorney General. (US Attorney General Eric Holder could learn a lot from General Zoeller in regard to the role of an AG when it comes to defending the law. Unlike AG Holder, Zoeller has used his office to defend marriage statutes.) It is obvious that the Indiana Attorney General's office has expected the ACLU and Planned Parenthood to try to block HB 1210 in court.
It is interesting to note that while the Governor signed HB 1210 and signaled that intent with a very good press statement in advance, he rejected a request by pro-life groups and their legislative authors for a signing ceremony. Not every bill has a signing ceremony. Yet, Planned Parenthood certainly won't give the Governor any less grief for not having one. Such an event would have given pro-life and pro-family leaders a photo opportunity for their publications. It might also have been politically helpful in regard to lingering questions about the Governor's "truce" comments and his true view of social issues.