Governor Pence Signs Abortion Drug Bill Into Law

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The day after a federal agency allowed over-the-counter sale of an emergency contraception drug to girls starting at age 15, the State of Indiana has a new law limiting usage of “abortion-inducing drugs.”

Wednesday, Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 371 into law. Pence says, “I believe in the right to life and in protecting the health and well-being of women in Indiana. Abortion-inducing drugs can be very dangerous and must be prescribed under conditions that ensure proper medical care. This new law helps accomplish that goal.”

In signing the bill, the Governor’s Office cited the Senate Enrolled Act 371 prohibition against usage of an abortion-inducing drug after nine weeks of pregnancy, requiring facilities that dispense the drug to meet standards for facilities that perform surgical abortions, noting that the new law requires the State’s health department post a brochure about abortions on its website while requiring Indiana doctors who provide abortion to make those brochures available. In addition, a woman must indicate in writing that she does not want to view a fetal ultrasound and does not want to listen to the fetal heart beat.


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