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Pence signs bill for tighter abortion pill rules

Updated: May 1, 2013 10:27PM



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. 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.

Parts of the new law take effect in July.



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