Ind. House Advances Bill Restricting Clinics That Offer Medication Abortions

April 4, 2013 — The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 371) that would require clinics that offer medication abortions to adhere to the same standards as facilities that perform surgical procedures, Reuters reports. If enacted, the law could force a Planned Parenthood clinic to stop providing abortion services (Guyett, Reuters, 4/2).

Under the bill, clinics that offer medication abortions would be required to have recovery rooms, sterilization equipment for surgical tools and wide hallways that can accommodate gurneys.

The bill now returns to the state Senate, which previously approved it but with different wording.

On Monday, the House rejected an amendment that would have expanded the measure's requirements to apply to private physicians who provide medication abortions (Weidenbener, Louisville Courier Journal, 4/1).