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Group Delivers Petitions Asking Pence To Veto Abortion Bill

The bill bans abortions based solely on the fetus' sex, race or disability. Pence hasn't decided yet whether to sign the bill.

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Supporters say the measure helps women know they have options beyond abortion and that a child being diagnosed with a disability is not a death sentence.

About two dozen people Monday delivered petitions to Governor Mike Pence’s office, calling on him to veto an abortion bill approved by lawmakers last week.

The legislation headed to the governor’s desk bans abortions performed solely because of the fetus’ sex, race or disability.  It also requires women to choose whether the aborted fetal remains are cremated or buried – under current law, they can be disposed of as medical waste.  Harmony Glenn, whose group Indy Feminists helped deliver petitions to the governor’s office, says the measure isn’t about protecting or supporting women.

“Instead, a legislative body compromised mainly of people who will never be pregnant has chosen to pass legislation interfering with a private medical decision,” Glenn says.

The calls for Pence to veto the bill likely won’t have much impact.  The governor says he wants to study the measure closely but adds he’s been a strong supporter of so-called “pro-life” legislation throughout his career and notes that will inform his decision on the bill.

“We’ll give that very careful and thoughtful consideration in the days ahead and we’ll come to a conclusion,” Pence says. “But I do bring my belief in the sanctity of life to that and that will inform the way that I evaluate that, ultimately.”

  • bengal tiger

    He has an 1860′s mentality and ideology. Women are viewed as chad.

  • VickG

    This guy is destroying Indiana piece by piece. There used to be men of stature once — Mitch Daniels, Richard Luggar, Evan Bayh. Now Indiana is defined by medieval/regressive men like Richard Mourdock, Mike Pence etc. Even pro-life Republican legislatures are crying foul over this.

  • myintx

    The people with the f-ed up mentality are the ones that think it’s ok to kill an unborn child because he or she is disabled, the wrong sex or the wrong race….

  • bengal tiger

    So, how many orphans have you adopted?

  • myintx

    In order to have an opinion on an issue it requires you to be actively involved? If I want more animal cruelty laws I have to adopt animals too?

  • bengal tiger

    Everyone is entitled to voice their own opinion.
    Why not? There are a large number of individuals that should never have animals, just like there is a large number of individuals who should never have children.

  • myintx

    That is why we have ADOPTION…. Someone with a newborn who realizes they should have never had children can give their baby up for adoption. Someone who is pregnant who realizes they dont want to be a parent can give birth and give the baby up for adoption. That way the baby gets a chance at a full and productive life.

  • bengal tiger

    I’ve no doubt there are women who make that very decision. However, do you advocate forcing a women to carry to delivery, a child that she doesn’t not want to carry?

  • myintx

    what I advocate is that no one should be able to kill a child – born or unborn. That means a parent should have to ensure the safety of their child – born or unborn. Even if they don’t wanna… The life of a child – born or unborn – is more important than someone’s feelings.

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