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Governor Pence reacts to new abortion law, backlash

The controversial new abortion law as well as the strong reaction to it continues making headlines all across the world.
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The controversial new abortion law as well as the strong reaction to it continues making headlines all across the world.

Newspapers like the Washington Post, magazines like Cosmopolitan, and even the BBC in London are running stories about the topic.

Despite it all, Governor Pence says he stands by the new law and will work to support it.

“We certainly give a respectful listen to all of our constituents on any issue they call about,” Governor Pence said.

Three months before its set to take effect on July 1, Governor Pence says his office is receiving lots of feedback about the new law.

“Our staff has heard from people across Indiana who strongly support this legislation and people who oppose it,” Governor Pence said.

He stands firm on his decision to sign off on it earlier this year. It's a topic he's passionate about.

“I believe this legislation represented comprehensive pro-life legislation that expanded the protections for expectant mothers and the information they would receive about their unborn child. It expanded protections for unborn children so that abortion doctors could not perform abortions solely on the basis of the sex, the race, or the disability of that unborn child and also it provides for the dignified disposition of unborn remains,” Governor Pence said.

The Governor paused when asked if he's surprised about the growing backlash.

“I understand that when it comes to the question of abortion that people have strong views on either side and it generates strong feelings and I respect those feelings, but I'm pro-life,” he said.

“My hope is that as people look at this legislation they’ll see that it provides additional protections for expectant mothers, expands informed consent for expectant mothers, and that it also provides meaningful protections for the unborn, but at the end of the day people are entitled to their own opinion, but my judgment as governor that this was the right thing to do and I was pleased to sign it into law and I stand by that,” Governor Pence said.

With a federal lawsuit filed Thursday to stop the law, it's a conversation that doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.