INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Wednesday a bill tightening Indiana’s abortion pill regulations that opponents say mostly targets operations at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette.
Soon after the Pence’s office announced the bill had been signed, Planned Parenthood officials said it anticipated a court challenge.
Pence had supported the bill as it moved through the GOP-dominated legislature, clearing the House and Senate by wide margins last month.
The new law requires clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same standards as clinics that perform surgical abortions. The law’s opponents contend the restrictions are aimed at the Lafayette clinic that’s the only site in the state providing the abortion pill but not surgical abortions.
Pence said he believed in both protecting the right to life and the health of women.
Abortion-inducing drugs can be very dangerous, and must be prescribed under conditions that ensure proper medical care, Pence said. This new law helps accomplish that goal.
Other provisions of the law prohibit the abortion drugs from being given to a woman more than nine weeks’ pregnant unless federal regulations approve use after that. It also requires clinics to provide information on the dangers of abortion-causing drugs.