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Indiana Becomes 2nd State to Outlaw Disability-Based Abortions

Gov. Mike Pence made Indiana the second state in the nation to ban abortions sought because the fetus has a disability, signing into law Thursday an expansion of the state's already restrictive abortion laws.

Gov. Mike Pence made Indiana the second state in the nation to ban abortions sought because the fetus has a disability, signing into law Thursday an expansion of the state's already restrictive abortion laws.

 

It's a divisive issue that's once again placed the state at the center of a national debate. And a legal challenge to the law, which takes effect in July, is already in the works. Less than half an hour after Pence signed the measure, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said it plans to request a preliminary injunction to block the new restrictions.

 

Pence's support was widely anticipated. A social conservative with a long track record of opposing abortion, he described the new restrictions as a “comprehensive pro-life measure that affirms the value of all human life.”

 

Caroline Cournoyer is GOVERNING's senior web editor.
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