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Indiana Abortion Ruling Causing Controversy

Right to life activists are denouncing Wednesday's abortion ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The justices reversed a lower court ruling that dis-allowed Indiana Medicaid to pay for eligible women to have abortions -- if their pregnancies create a serious health risk. Mike Fichter, executive director Indiana Right to Life says, "This will provide a loophole big enough to drive a truck through. A lot of hard working Hoosiers have just been presented with the bill for the killing of unborn babies in Indiana." 

On a three-to-two vote, the court stopped short of saying that the state must pay for all medically necessary abortions. Previously, the state would pay for an abortion only if it was necessary to save the mother's life, or if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest.

Abortion rights groups hailed the ruling. They said the law discriminated against poor women who had an illness such as high blood pressure or cancer that would be complicated by pregnancy.

State officials say that in the last fiscal year, the state did not pay for any abortions. Currently, the Indiana Medicaid program pays for abortions to preserve the lives of women whose pregnancies were caused by incest or rape.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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