Pence signs bill for tighter abortion pill rules

May 1, 2013

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Planned Parenthood officials say they anticipate a court challenge to a bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that tightens the state's regulations on distribution of the abortion pill.

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

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."