House Lawmakers Debate On Abortion Pill

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House Republicans Monday rebuffed an attempt by Democrats to regulate private doctors who administer abortion-inducing drugs the same way abortion clinics are regulated.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:

A bill regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 requires abortion clinics that only distribute the drug to adhere to stricter surgical abortion center requirements such as door and room size.  A House Democratic amendment offered Monday would extend those same requirements to private physicians’ offices if the doctors prescribe the drug.  But Attica Republican Representative Sharon Negele, the bill’s sponsor, says in 2011, no abortions occurred in a physician’s office in Indiana:

“The consensus is it is extremely rare.  Typically occurs at a hospital.  Mostly occurs at an actual abortion clinic.”

The bill only affects one current Indiana location – a Lafayette Planned Parenthood clinic.  Bloomington Democrat Matt Pierce says the bill is inconsistent:

“Is this bill a targeted attack on a particular group providing services you don’t like in an attempt to just hobble them?  Or is this an attempt to address what you perceive to be a health care situation, a potential unsafe emergency situation?”

Other failed Democratic amendments would have added information that explains how to get free or low-cost contraception to the informed consent for abortion brochure and required men to receive an invasive penile ultrasound before obtaining erectile dysfunction drugs.  For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.


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