House GOP rejects changes to abortion pill bill

Indiana House Republicans have rejected attempts by Democrats to amend a bill that would tighten state regulations on distribution of the abortion pill.

The House voted several times largely along party lines Monday to reject Democratic amendments. That clears the way for House members to vote on passage of the bill later this week.

The bill would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions. Bill opponents maintain those requirements are unnecessary and would affect only a Planned Parenthood facility in Lafayette.

The defeated amendments included one that would've required doctor's offices providing the abortion pill to meet the standards as clinics. Another would have added a statement about contraception availability to an informed consent brochure for patients.

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