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Judge blocks portions of state’s new abortion law

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A judge has blocked provisions in a new abortion law that would make it harder for a girl under 18 to have an abortion without telling her parents. Under current Indiana law, anyone under 18 must have the consent of a parent, legal guardian or custodian to get an […]

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Rally protesting Indiana’s new abortion law draws more than 1,000

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — More than a thousand people gathered in downtown Indianapolis to rally against what some are calling the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The crowd of both men and women stood and chanted in front of the Statehouse Saturday in protest of Indiana’s new abortion law. The […]

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Lawsuit to challenge Indiana’s new abortion law

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s new law, banning abortions based on disability, gender or ethnicity, will be challenged in court. The American Civil Liberty Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky regarding the controversial law. “We find this law abysmal. It is intrusive. It […]

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Abortion rate continues decline

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s abortion rate has now fallen for six consecutive years. Data released by the Indiana Department of Health shows that in 2014, there were 8,118 abortions – 61 fewer than in 2013. That’s down from the high number of 16,505 in 1980, according to Indiana Right to Life. The […]

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Religious freedom ‘fix’ gets mixed reaction

Here are a sampling of reactions to Thursday’s action by Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to approve what supporters say is a “fix” to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indiana Chamber of Commerce “The legislative amendment spells out that Indiana will not permit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s […]

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Hackers shut down Indiana Right to Life’s website

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Backlash over the recently signed and highly controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act might be to blame after hackers shut down Indiana Right to Life’s website. Hackers put the organization’s site offline Tuesday evening. Someone claiming responsibility for the move posted it on Twitter with the hashtag #Offline — […]

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Abortion rate fell again last year

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The abortion rate fell statewide in Indiana for a fifth consecutive year. Last year, 8,027 abortions were performed, an 8.9 percent drop since 2012 and the lowest number of pregnancies terminated in Indiana since 1975. The numbers are down more than 50 percent drop since the state’s all-time high […]

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Abortion rate falls in 2012, although drug-induced procedures increase

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A report from the Indiana State Department of Health shows that the abortion rate in Indiana dropped 3.3 percent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The drop marks the fifth consecutive year of decreasing numbers of abortions in Indiana. Mike Ficther, president […]

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Two senators want doctors to hand out new abortion materials

By Olivia Covington and Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com­­  INDIANAPOLIS – Two state senators who oppose abortion are proposing a measure that would have Indiana’s health department print packets of information that doctors would hand to women who are considering the procedure. Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, and Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, authored Senate Bill 101. The […]