Indiana Senate approves tougher abortion pill rules

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Indiana clinics that provide only abortion drugs would face tougher requirements and doctors would have to perform ultrasound examinations on women seeking those drugs under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Senators voted 33-16 on Tuesday in favor of the proposal that opponents have assailed as an attempt to complicate and invade a woman's personal health decisions.

Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says the state should regulate clinics distributing abortion-inducing drugs to ensure the safety of women taking them.

The bill exempts physician offices from any extra regulations even if those doctors sometimes prescribe abortion pills. Planned Parenthood of Indiana says the additional requirements might force it to stop providing abortion drugs at its Lafayette clinic.

The bill now goes to the House.

Full text of Senate Bill 371:

Abortion inducing drugs. Amends the definition of "abortion clinic" to include facilities that provide abortion inducing drugs. Specifies that only a physician may administer to a pregnant woman an abortion inducing drug. Sets forth the procedure an abortion clinic must follow before giving, selling, dispensing, administering, prescribing, or providing an abortion inducing drug to a pregnant woman. Requires certain physicians who learn of an adverse event following the use of an abortion inducing drug to report the adverse event to the medical licensing board. Specifies that the reports of adverse events related to abortion inducing drugs and maintained by the medical licensing board are public records. Makes a violation concerning distribution of an abortion inducing drug and failure to report an adverse event a Class A misdemeanor.

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