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Indiana House backs tighter abortion pill rules

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House has approved a bill that would tighten state regulations on distribution of the abortion pill and require clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same standards as clinics that perform surgical abortions.

The House voted 70-25 Tuesday in favor of the bill. The proposal now returns to the Senate, which in February approved a different version of the bill.

The current version drops earlier provisions that would have put into law a requirement that doctor perform ultrasounds on women seeking the abortion drugs.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana said its doctors typically perform ultrasounds before abortions, but opposed mandating medical procedures by law.

Planned Parenthood said the additional standards are unnecessary and could force it to stop providing the abortion pill at its Lafayette clinic.