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Truce on Social Issues? Mitch Daniels Cuts State Funding to Planned Parenthood

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a measure to further restrict abortions in Indiana and make it the first state to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.

The Republican governor is considering a run for president in 2012 and adding his signature to the abortion bill could help his image among social conservatives who say they worry he's too much of a fiscal hawk to get involved in such issues as abortion.

The abortion bill wasn't on Daniels' legislative agenda, but he signed it Tuesday along with 79 other bills.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana says it will seek a temporary restraining order and injunction Tuesday in federal court to try to prevent the measure from taking effect.

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