Ind. Senate Approves Abortion Clinic Regulations

January 31, 2014 —  An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 8-2 to advance a modified bill on abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The panel removed provisions that would have required abortion clinics to meet certain building code standards and undergo annual inspections.

Under the bill, abortion providers must set up 24-hour phone lines for patients to use if they have questions or complications.

The bill also would mandate that physicians who perform abortions have admitting privileges at hospitals nearby or have a written agreement with another physician who has such privileges. In addition, clinics would have to give patients a hospital's contact information before an abortion (Ballentine, AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/29).