INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The latest effort to restrict abortion in Indiana produced an emotional public hearing at the Statehouse Wednesday morning.
A House committee voted to pass the bill with an 8-to-5 vote, but not before opponents charged that it's an unfair attempt to target Planned Parenthood.
The bill requires clinics that dispense abortion drugs to meet the same requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions. Planned Parenthood says that would likely mean that a clinic in Lafayette will close.
"Why would a clinic that does not do surgical abortions have to meet the standards of a surgical facility?" asked Reba Wooden of the Center for Inquiry. "By making it harder to get a medication abortion, it will drive women to the Internet."
"I want that patient to be able to be dealt with properly," said Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica,) "so that the woman's health is safeguarded."
The bill would also require clinics offering the abortion pill to perform ultrasounds on women seeking the drug.
It now heads the House floor for further consideration.
Jim Shella will have a full report on the bill on 24-Hour News 8 at 5.
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