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Planned Parenthood to challenge new Governor-signed law

by Brandon Smith

May 1, 2013

Planned Parenthood of Indiana says it will likely challenge in court an abortion drug measure that was signed into law today by Governor Mike Pence.  Pence signed legislation that will require Indiana abortion clinics that only dispense the abortion drug 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 requires a woman to have an ultrasound before receiving the drug — though they can choose, in writing, not to view it or listen to the fetal heartbeat.  Pence says the new law will protect women’s health.   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.