Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Abortion issues since the last election: Indiana

Indiana passed SB 371 on February 26, 2013.  Originally, the bill would require an ultrasound before and after having a medication induced abortion.  The bill was later amended to only require an ultrasound prior to having the abortion. 

An additional requirement is that all facilities that provide RU-486 have to become licensed surgical abortion facilities, regardless, of if they actually offer surgical abortions.  This bill will likely close the Planned Parenthood Lafayette Clinic, which is the only facility that offers only medication abortions, as opposed to surgical ones. 

Planned Parenthood, of course, offers services that are not abortions.  These services will ,obviously, not be provided if it closes.  This is politically beautiful and probably toxic to Indiana as a whole.

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