Wed March 27, 2013
Indiana House Panel Approves Amended Abortion Bill
Indiana lawmakers are dropping a proposal that would require clinics offering the abortion pill perform ultrasounds on women seeking the drug.
A House committee removed that provision Wednesday from a broader Senate bill that would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same facility requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions.
The committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill to the full House.
Planned Parenthood calls those facility requirements unnecessary and says they could force it to stop providing the abortion pill at its Lafayette clinic.
Democratic committee member Terri Austin, who voted no, said lawmakers could have better spent their time addressing other important reproductive health issues.
"How to we discourage teenagers from becoming sexually active before they’re emotionally prepared to do so? How do we make sure that all women have access to adequate health? How do we make sure women have access to contraception so they can plan their families and their economic futures?" she said.
The bill does not apply to private physicians who prescribe abortion-inducing drugs.