INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Doctors in Indiana would be required to notify women undergoing medical abortion of a contested treatment to potentially stop the abortion process under a measure that was enacted.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill on Thursday, two weeks after the GOP-dominated legislature gave it final approval.
Republican lawmakers pushed for the bill, despite objections that it would force doctors to provide questionable information to their patients. Supporters say the requirement would ensure a woman can stop a medical abortion if she changes her mind after taking the first of two drugs used in the procedure and takes another drug instead.
The law is expected to come into force in July but could be challenged in federal court before then.
The Indiana Civil Liberties Union, which has successfully blocked several Indiana anti-abortion laws over the past decade, has said the requirement “goes against the Constitution.”
Six states have already put similar requirements in place, while such laws in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee have been blocked by legal challenges, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports the right to abortion.
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