Indiana passes bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

INDIANAPOLIS Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:28pm EDT

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INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Indiana state House on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and cuts funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, sending it to Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature.

If the bill is signed by Daniels, Indiana will become the fifth state to ban abortions after 20 weeks based on the controversial idea that a fetus feels pain at that point.

"I believe that with passage of this legislation we'll become the most pro-life state in America and I'll be proud of that," said Republican Rep. Eric Turner.

The bill also removes state funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

The bill passed 66-32 in the Indiana House.

Current Indiana law bans abortions after 24 weeks.

A representative for Planned Parenthood of Indiana was not immediately available for comment.

Other states to have enacted laws banning abortion after 20 weeks are Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma.

(Reporting by Susan Guyett; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Greg McCune)

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