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Indiana targets abortion pill: House drops ultrasound provision

Indiana's new abortion pill legislation, passed by the Indiana House today, would limit distribution of the abortion pill.

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Planned Parenthood supporter Peg Paulson of Carmel, Ind. (l.) argues with abortion opponent Heather Pruett of Indianapolis (r.) during a rally at the Indiana Statehouse, March 2011. Both houses of the Indiana legislature have passed versions of a bill limiting access to the abortion pill.

Alan Petersime / The Indianapolis Star / AP / File

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A bill that would tighten state laws on distribution of the abortion pill and require clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same standards as clinics that perform surgical abortions was approved by a wide margin Tuesday in the Indiana House.

The proposed facility rules likely would cover only a single Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette, but abortion opponents say the requirements would prevent the opening of other clinics around the state that would distribute the abortion pill.

 

The 70-26 vote by the Republican-controlled House in favor of the bill comes a week after a House committee dropped Senate-approved provisions that would have put into law a requirement that doctors perform an ultrasound on women before giving them the abortion drugs. Planned Parenthood of Indiana said its doctors typically perform ultrasounds before any abortions, but opposed mandating medical procedures by law.

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