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IU Professor Questions Constitutionality Of New In. Abortion Bill

Phil Roeder

An Indiana University law professor says the sweeping abortion legislation Governor Mike Pence signed into law last week is unconstitutional.

The bill includes a long list of provisions, including a ban on abortions solely because of the fetus’ sex, race or disability.

Indiana University Law Professor Dawn Johnsen says that goes against the Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.

“Women had to go before a board and convince a panel of men that their reasons were good enough,” Johnsen says, “and I fear that’s where we’re heading when we strike at the core of the right to make this decision individually, in consultation with one’s doctor, loved ones and family.”

Johnsen says the legislation deters important conversations between women and their doctors, which could impact women’s health.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky plans to challenge the law in court.

Governor Mike Pence said in a statement Thursday the bill strikes a balance between protecting the unborn and the health of the mother.

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