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Statements on the new abortion pill legislation in Indiana


The following is press release from Governor Mike Pence's office. 

(5/1/13 Indianapolis, IN)- Today, Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill (SB) 371, a bill that establishes health and safety standards for chemical abortion facilities. SB 371 also addresses informed consent measures. SB 371 cleared its final legislative step with a concurrence vote of 35-14 in the Senate on April 11, 2013.


"We heartily thank Governor Pence for affixing his signature to SB 371," said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. "SB 371 is a victory for Hoosiers. It is important that abortion facilities adhere to common sense standards for health and that women are provided with appropriate informed consent materials.

"Through the passage of SB 371, we believe a situation like the Gosnell 'House of Horrors' can be prevented in Indiana. The law requires that chemical abortion facilities undergo inspection and licensing, in the same fashion as surgical abortion facilities. This crucial oversight mechanism will help ensure chemical abortion facilities are ready to adequately care for any woman who experiences complications following her procedure.

"While SB 371 only affects one current abortion facility that does only chemical abortions, it also prevents additional facilities from moving into Indiana and setting up shop without any oversight."

Portions of SB 371 go into effective on July 1, 2013 and on January 1, 2014, as specified in the law. SB 371 was introduced by Sen. Travis Holdman (District 19). Reps. Sharon Negele (District 13), Bob Morris (District 84) and Matthew Lehman (District 79) sponsored SB 371 in the Indiana House.

The following is a statement from Planned Parenthood of Indiana on the new abortion pill law in Indiana.

(5/1/13 Indianapolis, IN.) - Planned Parenthood of Indiana today said it is reviewing its legal options, now that Gov. Mike Pence has signed Senate Enrolled Act 371 (SEA 371), an egregious piece of legislation that intrudes on women's personal health care decisions and imposes further restrictions on abortion, which is a safe and legal procedure.

 "Working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana, we are currently reviewing the constitutionality of this harmful new law," said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of PPIN. "It is very likely that we will be challenging SEA 371 in court.

 "The additional regulations in this bill are in no way related to 'patient safety,'" Cockrum said. "Legislators really intend to chip away at Hoosier women's access to abortion - and as part of a coordinated national effort, shut down Planned Parenthood's health care centers that also provide preventive care.

 "The fact is, non-surgical abortion, the subject of SEA 371, is already highly-regulated," Cockrum said. "This piece of legislation is aimed at one non-surgical abortion facility in Indiana - our health center in Lafayette, where thousands of Hoosier women and men have for 37 years received their Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment.

 "Non-surgical abortion is very safe," Cockrum said. "Politicians should care about the facts, and stay out of women's personal health care decisions," Cockrum added.

 "This statute imposes requirements that fail to meet even minimal rationality standards and is, in our estimation, clearly unconstitutional," said ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk.

 SEA 371 also tinkers with so-called "informed consent" regarding abortion in Indiana. A subject that has been regulated numerous times in recent years, this bill mandates that required informational handouts now be printed in color.

 "Nearly every one of our legislators claimed they'd be focusing their efforts this session on growing jobs and our economy," Cockrum said. "Yet, this extremist legislature took aim at our nonprofit and our patients - men and women who often otherwise go without care.

 "Thus far, our nonprofit has had a successful track record when it comes to taking on legislation that's politically-motivated or based on someone's religious beliefs," Cockrum added. "We intend to keep on standing up for our patients and for women's reproductive rights."

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