Wed May 1, 2013
Court Challenge to Indiana Abortion Pill Law 'Very Likely'
Planned Parenthood officials say they anticipate a court challenge to a bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today that tightens the state's regulations on distribution of the abortion pill.
The bill cleared the Republican-controlled legislature last month. The new law will also require clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same standards as clinics that perform surgical abortions.
Pence says the new law will ensure that the abortion pill is given under proper medical care.
The law's opponents contend the restrictions are aimed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette that's the only site in the state providing the abortion pill but not surgical abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana president Betty Cockrum says the law is meant to chip away at women's access to abortion, She says a lawsuit is "very likely."
Portions of the new law take effect in July.