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Indiana Senate votes against controversial breast cancer clause in abortion bill

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Women, the United States over, are clinging to their ovaries, as various political initiatives nationwide threaten reproductive rights. But now residents of Indiana can at least rest easy knowing that a controversial breast-cancer clause has been eliminated from an abortion bill. The provision initially stated that all women seeking abortion be told that the procedure is linked to breast cancer — a claim that has never been scientifically proven. Maybe they were taking a page from the Jon Kyl playbook and not intending it to be taken as a factual statement?

It took the testimony of oncologist Dr. Larry Einhorm to convince the committee to remove what he called a "cruel and egregious deception."  According to Einhorn, "Requiring a physician to inform a woman about the relationship of abortion and breast cancer is illogical and scientifically incorrect."

Even with the removal of this blatant inaccuracy, the bill would still give Indiana some of the toughest restrictions against abortion in the nation. With the exception of saving the life of the mother, abortion would be illegal after twenty weeks of pregnancy. It currently is deemed illegal at viability, which is decided individually by a doctor, and is usually around twenty-four weeks.