An effort to require clinics that dispense an abortion-inducing drug to provide ultrasounds and meet the same regulatory requirements as surgical clinics has won approval by a state Senate panel.
The bill does not apply to private physicians, and would specifically affect the Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette -- the only one of the organization’s four abortion-providing clinics in the state that only offers the procedure through medication.
The bill now moves to the full Senate.
The committee approved another abortion-related measure Wednesday that requires clinics that offer abortions to provide women informed consent forms that include color photos of fetuses at various stages of development.
Both now move to the full Senate for consideration ahead of a key Tuesday deadline.