Pence signs bill for tighter abortion pill rules

Governor Mike Pence (R-IN)
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed into law a bill tightening the state's regulations on distribution of the abortion pill and clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions.

The governor's office says Pence on Wednesday signed the bill that cleared the Republican-dominated Legislature last month.

Pence says the new law will ensure that the abortion pill is given under proper medical care.

The new law will require clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same standards as clinics that perform surgical abortions. Opponents contend the restrictions unfairly target poor women and are aimed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette that's the only non-surgical abortion site in the state.

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."

Parts of the new law take effect in July.

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