Abortion restriction bill awaits decision from Gov. Pence

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 10, 2016) – Gov. Mike Pence will make the final decision on a measure that would prevent women from aborting a fetus due to Down syndrome or another genetic abnormality.

The measure would also prohibit abortions sought on the basis of gender or race. The bill passed 60-40 in the House after some changes were made in the Senate.

Abortion providers could face wrongful death lawsuits or professional sanctions if an abortion is performed solely on the basis of a genetic condition.

Gov. Pence has not said publicly whether he’ll sign the measure. If he does, it would make Indiana the second state in the nation with such a law.