Legislation regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 is headed to the governor’s desk Thursday after the Senate approved changes made in the House.
The original legislation required women receiving RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to the procedure. Changes made in the House allow women to opt-out of viewing the ultrasound or listening to the fetal heartbeat.
The bill also requires abortion clinics that only dispense the drug to adhere to stricter surgical standards, such as door and room size. That requirement could force one Indiana facility – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette – to stop dispensing RU-486.
Sen. Vaneta Becker R-Evansville) says the legislation will make it harder for women to receive the drug under a doctor’s care.
“[It will] encourage women, low income women in particular, to go to the internet where they can avoid all this,” she says. “They will be able to buy the drug right off the internet but they won’t have access to a physician.”
But Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle), the bill’s author, says the measure regulates a drug that was not regulated by the state before.
“It is about a woman’s safety in the administration of this drug,” he says.
The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. Governor Mike Pence did not comment specifically on the bill when asked if he would sign it but reaffirmed his strong pro-life views.