On Wednesday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced that he would sign an emergency bill to permit women to have abortions if the fetus is stillborn.
The bill was hailed by Planned Parenthood, which said it would provide legal representation to women who seek abortions in Indiana.
But the bill, which is expected to pass the legislature on Thursday, has drawn criticism from anti-abortion activists.
In an op-ed published by the National Abortion Federation, Dr. Amy Hagstrom Reed, vice president for reproductive health policy and litigation, argued that the bill is discriminatory against abortion providers.
“The Indiana bill is a step in the wrong direction, but it is a first step,” Reed wrote.
“In this era of rampant anti-choice misinformation, we must not let this moment slip away.”
The bill also provides abortion providers with the option of not paying for abortions, but does not specifically address insurance coverage for abortion providers in the state.
Indiana has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, and it is unclear whether insurance companies will cover abortion services if the bill passes.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has called the bill “dangerous,” saying it “would impose a chilling effect on women seeking abortion services, including through insurance coverage.”
The Indiana legislature will begin debate on the legislation next week.
The ACLU said that it would sue the state if the legislation passes.
Indiana Governor Pence announced his support for the bill on Wednesday, saying that the state should be “a model for the nation.”
Indiana Governor Donald Trump has previously said that women should be able to terminate pregnancies “if they feel like it.”