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ITW: Guests talk Indiana primary, abortion law

Posted at 7:06 PM, Apr 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 15:14:28-04

On Indianapolis This Week, guests discussed the presidential primary heading to Indiana and the state's new restrictions on abortion. 

Jason Fechner sat down with former state Republican chairman and candidate for governor Rex Early, who Donald Trump announced as his Indiana chairman. 

"I think Donald Trump is much like our other great presidents, he's tough, he's a conservative and I'm a conservative. I just like the way he handles himself, he don't take a lot from the other people and I just turned into a Trump man," he said. 

Watch the entire interview in the video player above.

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Plus, with less than one month to go to Indiana's primary on May 3, Jason Fechner sat down with the man in charge of Indiana's Republican party. 

"It's a very exciting time. You know, in my background I'm a retailer, competition is great, it sharpens our skills, it makes us better and I see this as an opportunity. You know, we had 17 candidates starting out, we're down to three and it's a highly competitive race, and we're very blessed to have three candidates," Jeff Cardwell said. 

Watch the entire interview in the video player above.

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And while Indiana is receiving attention due to the upcoming primary, the state is also in the national spotlight because of new abortion restrictions signed into law last month. 

The contentious new law set to take effect in July bans abortions due to fetal genetic abnormalities, prohibits abortions done because of a fetus's race, sex or ancestry and mandates that the only way to dispose of an aborted fetus is through burial or cremation.

Both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are taking the state to court over the new restrictions. Statehouse Reporter Katie Heinz sat down with Planned Parenthood CEO Betty Cockrum. 

"It has become one of the most alarming and outrageous anti-choice pieces of legislation filed in the country's history, and it is blatantly unconstitutional on its face and seeks to, for all practical purposes, intrude in the sacred doctor-patient relationship on matters of very personal and private concern," she said. 

Watch the entire interview in the video player above. 

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And in the Sunday Spotlight, former Colts Player Gary Brackett talked with our Rafael Sanchez about impacting the lives of Indiana youth. 

"A lot of people think leadership's about saying the right thing at the right time. For me, more importantly, it's about being the message," Brackett said. 

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