Abortion bill avoids amendment in Indiana House

INDIANAPOLIS - The fight over the bill that would put new restrictions on drug-induced abortions in Indiana continued Monday, as the House argued amendments for the bill, which passed the Senate in February.

The bill made it through Monday's debate unchanged.

House Democrats were fighting to water down some provisions of the bill, including one that would require clinics that only dispense RU-486 to meet the same standards as clinics that perform surgical abortions.

Planned Parenthood said the provision would force one of its Indiana clinics to stop offering abortion completely.

Another amendment proposed by House Democrats challenged the bill's requirement that doctors include their names and addresses on legally required brochures.

Opponents of the provision said it would put doctors at risk.

"I'm going to ask you if you would look at this with a reasonable eye and look and see how necessary it is to have the doctor's information and contact stuff on that brochure," said Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond.

But supporters of the measure said including the doctors' information on the brochures is in the patients' best interest, and it wouldn't be made public.

"The whole idea of having someone to contact in case of an emergency is critical, and this is between the physician and the patient," said Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica. "We'd have the physician's contact information and their name. This is not public information."
 

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