Ind. panel taking up tougher abortion pill rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana House committee is set to consider a proposal that would require clinics offering the abortion pill to perform ultrasounds on women seeking the drugs.

The proposal approved by the state Senate last month would also force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same facility requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions. Planned Parenthood says that could force it to stop providing the abortion pill at its Lafayette clinic.

The House Public Policy Committee is holding a hearing on the bill Wednesday and could then vote on whether to advance it to the full House.

The bill doesn't specify what type of ultrasound must be done. But abortion-rights supporters say it would essentially force women seeking the abortion pill to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound.

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