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New Abortion Pill Law Heads To Governors Desk


A bill that would stop Planned Parenthood's clinic in Lafayette from distributing an abortion-inducing drug won the Indiana House's approval Tuesday and is soon likely to head to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.

The House stripped out a portion of the measure that would have mandated ultrasounds before women have abortions, but kept language that requires clinics where the drug RU-486 is prescribed to meet surgical standards, even if those clinics do not offer surgical abortions.

That would specifically affect a clinic in Lafayette, which offers the drug but not the surgical procedure.

Other Planned Parenthood clinics offer both, and private physicians who prescribe the drug are excluded from its regulations.

The measure now heads back to the state Senate, where its author, Republican Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle, said he's likely to concur with the changes the House made and send Senate Bill 371 on to Pence to be signed into law.