Republicans Reject Democrats’ Amendments To Abortion Bill

Democrats offered and amendment to the bill that would broaden the regulations to all doctors who prescribed RU-486, not just abortion clinics.

House Republicans rebuffed Monday an attempt by Democrats to regulate private doctors who administer abortion-inducing drugs the same way abortion clinics are regulated. 

A bill regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 requires abortion clinics that only distribute the drug to adhere to stricter surgical abortion center requirements such as door and room size. A House Democratic amendment offered Monday would extend those same requirements to private physicians’ offices if the doctors prescribe the drug.

But Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica), the bill’s sponsor, says in 2011, no abortions occurred in a physician’s office in Indiana.

“The consensus is it is extremely rare,” she says. “[It] typically occurs at a hospital, mostly occurs at an actual abortion clinic.”

The bill only affects one current Indiana location – a Lafayette Planned Parenthood clinic. Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says the bill is inconsistent.

“Is this bill a targeted attack on a particular group providing services you don’t like in an attempt to just hobble them?” he asks. “Or is this an attempt to address what you perceive to be a health care situation, a potential unsafe emergency situation?”

Other failed Democratic amendments would have added information that explains how to get free or low-cost contraception to the informed consent for abortion brochure and required men to receive an invasive penile ultrasound before obtaining erectile dysfunction drugs.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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