Indiana House Passes Chemical Abortion Bill

April 2, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana House passed Senate Bill (SB) 371 on chemical abortions by a vote of 70-26. SB 371 introduces oversight into the chemical abortion industry by including chemical abortions in the definition of abortion in Indiana law. Currently, an abortion facility that performs only chemical-type abortions does not have be licensed or inspected. SB 371 will require chemical abortion facilities to meet the same requirements as surgical abortion facilities in such areas as reporting standards, physician oversight, cleanliness standards and building accessibility.

“The passage of SB 371 provides crucial oversight into the chemical abortion industry and establishes that health and safety standards be met,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We applaud the Indiana House for passing SB 371 and we especially thank the House sponsors, Reps. Sharon Negele (District 13), Matthew Lehman (District 79) and Bob Morris (District 84).”

Because SB 371 was amended in the House Public Policy Committee, the bill’s original author, Sen. Travis Holdman (District 19), will now have the opportunity to accept the changes or dissent with the current language.

Fichter continued, “Indiana Right to Life is pleased with the bill as passed by the Indiana House and we urge Sen. Holdman to accept the current language of SB 371. We look forward to seeing SB 371 advance to the Governor’s desk.”

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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This release has been updated to show the most current vote tally of 70-26.

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