Ind. Senate backs tightening abortion pill rules

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Indiana Senate has approved a bill that would tighten laws on how doctors may administer the so-called abortion pill.

The bill would require that a doctor working at an abortion clinic examine a woman in person before giving her RU-486 and schedule a follow-up ultrasound for her two weeks later. Doctors who don't follow those steps could face a misdemeanor criminal charge if the proposal becomes law.

Republican senators voted 36-0 Wednesday to advance the bill to the House while Democratic senators were attending a union rally over the right-to-work bill.

The Senate on Tuesday removed a provision criticized by doctors because it would have required them to follow outdated prescription
guidelines and give women triple the dosage normally prescribed, which could lead to greater side effects.

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