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Abortion bill passes IN Senate

The Indiana Senate approved a measure that makes changes to the way drug-induced abortions are administered.

The vote of 33-to-16 also would require the Planned Parenthood facility in Lafayette to meet abortion clinic requirements. The local center does not offer surgical abortions. A Planned Parenthood spokesperson says that center is in full compliance with all laws and regulations applicable to non-surgical abortion.

Supporters say they want to keep women who get a drug-induced abortion safe, and requiring an ultrasound before the medication is taken is a way of doing that.

Opponents argue the proposal would make it harder for low-income women to receive services.

State Representative Sharon Negele (R-Attica) will lead the effort to pass the abortion bill in the House, taking on the role of sponsor.

Lafayette area senators Ron Alting and Brandt Hershman voted for it, while Senator Phil Boots of Crawfordsville voted against it.

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