INDIANAPOLIS (AP and WPTA21) — The Indiana House has approved a proposal that would require doctors to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a drug-induced abortion after a woman has taken the first of two pills for the procedure.
The Republican-dominated House voted 67-29 on Monday in favor of the bill, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
Abortion opponents argue the bill ensures that women who may change their minds about ending their pregnancies have information about stopping the process by taking a different drug after having taken the first of the two drugs for a medication abortion.
Abortion-rights supporters maintain doctors would be forced to provide dubious information to their patients.
The ACLU of Indiana claims that HB1577 is unconstitutional, and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky responded to the vote by calling the measure "dangerous" and urging voters to voice their opposition.
Indiana Right to Life considers the bill "important pro-life legislation" and hailed its advancement.
“We are truly thankful to the House for passing this important legislation and are confident the Senate will take swift action on House Bill 1577 in the second half of this legislative session,” Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter said. “This legislation will save lives in Indiana.”