Abortion bill moves through Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A vote on a bill that would increase abortion restrictions in Indiana could come later this week after Republicans won a key battle on Monday.

If the bill passes, state regulations would tighten on who can distribute the drug known as the abortion pill, RU-486.

The bill would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same building requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions, including wider doors, wider hallways and a recovery room.          

Supporters say the legislation is about protecting women.

Opponents say the bill is inconsistent and would only affect one facility in the state, a Planned Parenthood in Lafayette. This location has provided medication induced abortions for two years.

Democrats had hoped to lessen the restrictions included in the bill, but their amendments were voted down by the Republican majority on Monday.

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