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Indiana’s latest anti-abortion measure will likely soon become law after House legislators sent it to the governor Wednesday.

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Indiana doctors would be forced to tell patients about so-called “abortion reversal” protocols under legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill requiring Indiana doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment that could stop the abortion process is a step closer to approval in the Republican-dominated Legislature. The state Senate’s health committee voted 7-4 Wednesday to advance the proposal despite objections that it would force doctors to provide dubious information.

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Indiana lost in federal appeals court – again – over a 2017 anti-abortion law.

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Indiana will add more hurdles for people seeking abortions under legislation approved by the House Monday.

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Indiana doctors would be forced to tell patients their medication-induced abortions can be reversed under legislation approved by a House committee Monday.


Today the Indiana Attorney General announced that the investigation into fetal remains found on the property of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer has concluded. The remains were found following Klopfer's death in 2019 in Illinois. Klopfer performed abortions in Indiana, including in South Bend.

Amy Coney Barrett Signed 2nd "Right To Life" Ad

Oct 10, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed on to a second “right to life” advertisement against the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. That's according to supplemental material filed late Friday with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett said her name was included while she was on the faculty at Notre Dame Law School and member of the “University Faculty for Life” group that sponsored the ad in the student newspaper. A copy of the ad was included in her 11-page filing.


A federal judge late Friday upheld several of Indiana’s abortion regulations – while the fate of several others is still undecided.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed a 2006 newspaper ad sponsored by an anti-abortion group in which she said she opposed “abortion on demand” and defended “the right to life from fertilization to the end of natural life.” The ad appears to be the most direct expression of Barrett’s opposition to abortion and is sure to intensify debate that she would vote to restrict, if not overturn, abortion rights if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could have huge implications for the future of reproductive rights and access to abortion.

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The court battle over an Indiana law that requires women to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion is over.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an appeals court to re-examine lawsuits involving two Indiana anti-abortion laws Thursday.

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Planned Parenthood says it will continue providing abortion services in Indiana under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order banning elective surgical procedures.

It’s unclear whether Holcomb wants to halt abortions.

Holcomb’s order requires all health care facilities to postpone or cancel elective, non-urgent surgical or invasive procedures during the COVID-19 crisis, unless doing so would risk the patient’s health, as determined by their doctor.

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Health care facilities that perform abortions will now have procedures to follow for burying and cremating fetal remains based on legislation headed to the governor’s desk.

It’s the only abortion-related bill that advanced this session.

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The state of Indiana will pay more than $180,000 in attorneys fees after one of several legal battles over an anti-abortion law wrapped up.

That adds to a growing amount the state has been racking up over the last decade.

Fetal Remains Found Last Year in Garage Buried in South Bend

Feb 12, 2020
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The more than 2,400 fetal remains that were found in the garage of a doctor who performed abortions in Indiana were buried Wednesday. More than 100 people gathered for the service in South Bend.

The crowd at Southlawn Cemetery listened to the state Attorney General, sang hymns and prayed over the burial site. 

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A Senate committee easily approved legislation Wednesday that requires medical facilities to develop policies for burying and cremating fetal remains.

The bill – which follows up on a 2016 anti-abortion law – is the only abortion-related measure advancing this session.

Fetal Remains At Abortion Doc's Properties Can't Be ID'd

Dec 31, 2019
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A preliminary report from Indiana's attorney general says shoddy record-keeping and the degraded condition of more than 2,400 sets of fetal remains found at properties owned by a late Indiana abortion doctor mean those remains cannot be identified.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of a 2017 anti-abortion law.

If a girl under 18 in Indiana doesn’t or can’t get consent for an abortion from her parents, she can go to court to bypass that requirement. The 2017 state law said a judge will decide if the parents are informed of that hearing.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot group has submitted petitions to prohibit a second-trimester abortion procedure in Michigan.

The Michigan Values Life committee says it turned in nearly 380,000 voter signatures to the state on Monday.

It needs roughly 340,000 signatures. If the petitions are certified as valid, the Republican-led Legislature will have a 40-day window to pass the initiative, and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can't veto it.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether a South Bend clinic that performs abortions will stay open.

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance first tried to open a clinic in South Bend in 2017. But the state wouldn’t give it a license – it said the organization’s application was incomplete and inaccurate.

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Hoosiers are split down the middle on abortion in the annual Ball State Hoosier Survey. And a vast majority support some gun regulations.

But there's a disconnect between those survey results and opinions in the state legislature.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from state Democrats for likening abortion to the "scourge" of slavery.

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion is comparable to "the scourge we endured when we still had slavery in this country."

Democratic state Sen. Erika Geiss says Shirkey's remarks were "incredibly insensitive." Geiss, who is black, said Tuesday it is wrong to compare anything to the "atrocities of slavery" and what it did to black families.

Doctor Who Kept Fetuses Is Vilified In Life And Death

Oct 25, 2019
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CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Ulrich Klopfer competed so avidly in the 1970s to perform the most abortions each day at a Chicago clinic that it was said he would set his coffee aside, jump to his feet in the break room and rush to the operating table whenever his chief rival in the macabre derby walked by.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 18,000 women traveled out of Indiana to terminate their pregnancies in recent years, according to state and federal data, likely fueled by the closure of abortion clinics and new laws restricting access to the procedure.

Fetal Remains in Klopfer Case Moved to Indiana

Oct 3, 2019
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The fetal remains found in a late abortion provider’s Illinois garage have been moved to St. Joseph County, Indiana. 

After doctor Ulrich Klopfer died in early September more than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains were found stored in his garage. 

Fetal Remains Found At Late Doc’s Home Moved To Indiana

Oct 3, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — More than 2,200 sets of preserved fetal remains found in the Illinois garage of a late Indiana abortion doctor have been returned to Indiana.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill wants a federal court to rehear his appeal of a decision that halted enforcement of a 2017 anti-abortion bill.

If a girl under age 18 in Indiana doesn’t or can’t get consent for an abortion from her parents, she can go to court to bypass that requirement. A 2017 state law signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb said a judge will decide if the parents are informed of that hearing.

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No additional fetal remains have been found after a search of two St. Joseph County properties.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies are searching the two properties in St. Joseph County in the Ulrich Klopfer investigation. The doctor performed abortions in Indiana before his license was suspended in 2016.