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.