FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana residents are reacting to a new state law which bans abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as down syndrome. Governor Mike Pence signed the bill late Thursday, hours before his deadline to take action.
The law would also prohibit abortions from being performed because of a baby’s race, gender or ancestry and mandates the only way to dispose of an aborted fetus is through burial or cremation. It takes effect in July.
The CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said they plan to sue as soon as they can. They believe the law goes against Roe v. Wade.
“Nobody in the state of Indiana knows what’s in it and what its implications may be,” she said. “It’s fraught with unintended consequences, but we know on its face, it’s very bad. It’s very dangerous. It’s wrong. It’s unconstitutional and it needs to go away.”
Fort Wayne Obstetrician/Gynecologist Chris Stroud said the law is a step in the right direction.
“Imagine the proverbial slippery slope,” said Stroud, owner of The Fertility and Midwifery Care Center. “If we can terminate the child because of down syndrome, why not terminate it because its male instead of female. Why not terminate it because you genetically determined it’s going to have brown eyes instead of blue. You can’t kill a child just because you don’t like their genetic makeup.”
Indiana is the second state to pass such a law. North Dakota took a similar restriction in 2013.