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Indiana House Passes Bill Regulating Drug-Induced Abortions

The bill requires abortion clinics that only provide the abortion drug RU-486 to adhere to the same standards as clinics that provide surgical abortions.

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Rep. Chuck Moseley (D-Portage) speaks to a colleague in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Legislation regulating abortion-inducing drugs and the abortion clinics that provide them passed the Indiana House on Tuesday.

Abortion clinics that only provide the abortion drug RU-486 will now be required to adhere to the same, stricter standards as clinics that provide surgical abortions.

Those requirements include room and door size mandates and surgical equipment standards. Only one Indiana location, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette, will be affected.

The bill no longer requires an ultrasound before women receive the drug.

Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) says she thinks the bill makes women give more consideration to the decision to have an abortion.

“For a situation where a young girl may spend more time researching what dress she wants to wear to prom than terminating the life of an unborn child,” she says.

Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) says the General Assembly should spend its time talking about issues like birth control, education for young mothers and maternity leave.

“Why aren’t we talking about that? Because many of the pro-life supporters don’t extend their concern to the child after it’s born,” she says.

Because the House made changes to the bill, the measure now goes back to the Senate. If the changes are accepted, the legislation heads to the governor’s desk. Otherwise, the bill goes to conference committee for the House and Senate to work out the differences.

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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