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Pence Signs Controversial Abortion Bill Into Law

Gov. Pence speaks at a podium at a press conference.

Photo: Governor's Office

Gov. Pence says he supports the bill because it protects the unborn while providing exceptions for the health of the mother.

Governor Mike Pence Thursday signed into law a bill banning abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ sex, race or potential disability. The measure also imposes new guidelines for handling aborted and miscarried fetal remains.

The bill drew criticism from doctors and even some Republican lawmakers, including a few who’ve sponsored anti-abortion bills in the past.  At issue is controversial language added by the Senate barring abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ characteristics.  Critics argue that provision threatens the health of the mother, could impose unnecessary suffering on a child, and potentially push a woman to lie to her doctor.  When questioned about those concerns, Pence says the bill affirms the value of human life.

“I believe a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable – the aged, the infirm, the disabled and the unborn – and I believe this legislation advances that principle,” Pence says.

The measure also requires abortive or miscarried fetal remains to be buried or cremated, not disposed of as medical waste.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it’s “outraged and alarmed” by the bill and plans to file a lawsuit to block it.

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  • lastcamp2

    This bill shows how far the Republican Party will go to impose religious beliefs, and the contempt it holds for the constitutional rights of women. Frankly, I suspect that those supporting this bill know it will be found unconstitutional, and are simply doing this to satisfy a portion of their political base.
    The provision for disposing of “fetal remains” is absurd, and advances no legitimate public interest. I have to wonder if the funeral and burial industry didn’t lobby for a silly law like this.

  • Benjamin Kite

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can’t keep up!” — Nora Ephron

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