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An amendment to a bill regulating drug-induced abortions no longer requires an ultrasound after the drug is taken. It still requires women to undergo an ultrasound before the drug is taken.
The bill originally required two ultrasounds, one before a woman takes the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 and one after. An amendment authored by Lafayette Republican Senator Ron Alting, and passed by the Senate on Monday, eliminates the second ultrasound.
Though the bill does not specify the type of ultrasound, its opponents says the effect is to require transvaginal ultrasounds. Doctors must typically use a vaginal ultrasound during the early stages of pregnancy during which RU-486 is taken to gather effective results.
Alting says, with the amendment, the bill now puts the onus on physicians.
“[It] gives the choice to the doctor to confirm the termination, and he can do that or she can do that in any way that he or she was trained to,” he says.
But Indianapolis Democrat Jean Breaux says the bill still requires a first ultrasound, and that is too much.
“It’s legislators practicing medicine and dictating to the physician what he or she should do in this situation,” she says.
Breaux tried to amend the bill to require what she calls “invasive procedures” for men receiving erectile dysfunction drugs but her attempt failed. The bill will be up for passage by the Senate on Tuesday.