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Holcomb Signs Anti-Abortion Bill, Setting Stage For Lawsuit

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Government, Health, Law, Statewide News
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law an anti-abortion measure that requires doctors to tell patients about a procedure the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls "unproven and unethical." (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law an anti-abortion measure that requires doctors to tell patients about a procedure the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls "unproven and unethical." (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Indiana is likely headed to court over abortion legislation again after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s latest anti-abortion measure into law.

Some physicians say this year’s bill, HB 1577, will force them to commit malpractice. It requires doctors to tell patients that medication-induced abortions can be reversed.

The scientific evidence for that claim is inconclusive; leading medical organizations call the assertion “unproven and unethical.” But anti-abortion proponents say pregnant patients should have all available information.

The bill also requires parents who give their consent for an abortion – required for anyone under age 18 – to get that consent form notarized. Proponents say it will help prevent fraud and could even help stop sex trafficking. But opponents argue it’s a pointless invasion of privacy.

Planned Parenthood has already promised legal action.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.