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Indiana Bill On Medical Protocol Limited To Abortion Clinics

An amendment to an Indiana Senate bill would make doctors in abortion clinics administer abortion medicine according to FDA guidelines.

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The Senate bill would not be applicable to doctor's outside of abortion clinics.

A Senate bill establishing protocols doctors must follow when administering medical abortions is now limited to doctors in abortion clinics.

Oldenburg Republican Jean Leising offered the amendment limiting the bill to abortion clinic doctors. She says when abortion drugs are used outside of abortion facilities, they are usually for procedures other than elective abortions, like treating an ectopic pregnancy.

Senate minority leader Vi Simpson says the amendment reveals the author’s motives for the bill.

“Well, I think it points out the hypocrisy of the bill, you know, it gets what they’re really trying to get at, which is basically Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state,” she says.

Simpson offered an amendment that would have eliminated requirements that doctors have a two week follow up appointment with patients. She says the legislature should not be dictating treatment to medical professionals.

The bill’s author, Markle Republican Travis Holdman, says chemical abortions need scrutiny.

“We think that there needs to be a follow up just to make sure that the woman’s health is being guarded and that the patient is being taken care of.”

Simpson’s amendment failed. Holdman offered another amendment that removed the requirement that the drugs be given based on FDA protocol. His amendment allows doctors to use the protocol they feel is the best practice.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith 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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