(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana lawmakers are dropping a proposal requiring that clinics offering the abortion pill perform ultrasounds on women seeking the drug.
The House Public Policy Committee removed that provision Wednesday from a broader bill that would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same facility requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions. The committee voted 8-5 to advance Senate Bill 371 to the full House.
Planned Parenthood calls those facility requirements unnecessary and says they could force it to stop providing the abortion pill at its Lafayette clinic.
Indiana Right to Life president Mike Fichter says the group agreed with the decision to drop the ultrasound requirement because debate over it in the state Senate had taken focus away from its goal of tightening regulations on clinics that provide abortions.
“We applaud the House Public Policy Committee for prioritizing women’s health in Indiana,” said Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “While not all the amendments that passed were supported by Indiana Right to Life, we’re pleased that SB 371 brings crucial oversight to the chemical abortion industry. SB 371 strengthens current abortion law in Indiana by not allowing any abortion facility to operate without oversight.”
The bill was amended to allow existing clinic exemptions to continue but not allow any more waivers from the Indiana State Department of Health after this year.