State Rep who authored controversial abortion law speaks out

Governor Mike Pence signed a bill banning abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- State Representative Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, is speaking out about the controversial abortion law after a lawsuit was filed against the state of Indiana.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Thursday.

Under the new abortion law, women are banned from having abortions if the fetus has a mental disability, or based on race or gender. It also requires the remains of aborted or miscarried fetuses to be interred or cremated.

Rep. Cox said he is not surprised by the lawsuit.

“With any piece of legislation that’s passed, many of them are challenged in court,” he said. “It’s hard to say or predict what a court may or may not do.”

The lawsuit said the new abortion law would put an “undue burden” on women’s rights to choose abortions. The lawsuit also said women have a right to choose an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy for “any reason.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky president and CEO said this is just an effort to get rid of the right to have an abortion. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood said the law is unconstitutional.

“The state simply does not have that right,” said Ken Falk, ACLU Legal Director. “They do not have that authority and it is a gross interference with the right to privacy.”

Cox said the law is not intended to impede on women’s rights, rather it is an effort to give a voice to the voiceless.

“We recognize how difficult this is and want to show as much compassion as possible,” said Cox. “But at the end of the day we want to make sure we are erring on the side of life.”

The law is expected to go into effect July first, but the ACLU is asking for a preliminary injunction to stop the law from going into effect.

Activists plan to hold a rally against the law this Saturday at the statehouse.

This law would make Indiana one of the most restrictive states in the United States for abortions. North Dakota is the only other state with a similar law.

Governor Pence is confident the state’s new abortion law is constitutional.

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