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Indiana governor Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that would prevent women from seeking an abortion due to fetal abnormalities. House Enrolled Act 1337 makes Indiana one of the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to abortion. North Dakota is the only other state that bans abortion for patients who learn their fetus has abnormalities. Indiana’s law goes a step further: Physicians could face a wrongful death lawsuit if they grant an abortion to a patient who learns of fetal abnormalities during genetic testing. They are also required to inform patients about fetal hospice care. Additionally, women will be required to provide burial or cremation services to pregnancies lost to miscarriage or abortion. (It is unclear at what developmental stage a miscarriage would require a burial or cremation.) The law goes into effect July 1, 2016.

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