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Governor Pence Signs Abortion Drug Bill

Planned Parenthood is planning a legal challenge to the measure, which regulates Indiana clinics that provide drug-induced abortions.

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A Planned Parenthood facility in Terre Haute. Planned Parenthood says it will likely challenge the bill in court.

On Wednesday Governor Mike Pence signed an abortion drug regulation measure he says will protect women’s health.

The signed legislation would require Indiana abortion clinics that only dispense the abortion inducing drug known as RU-486 to adhere to the same physical standards as surgical abortion clinics. That includes bigger door and room sizes and surgical equipment requirements.

Only one Indiana facility will be affected–a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette. The bill also mandates women undergo an ultrasound before receiving the drug – though they can choose, in writing, not to view it or listen to the fetal heartbeat.

Governor Pence says the legislation helps ensure RU-486 is dispensed in the safest way possible. But Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum calls the bill an attempt to chip away at women’s access to abortion and says a legal challenge is likely.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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