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House lawmakers Wednesday adjusted a measure that would reform the state’s medical malpractice system.  But, legislators acknowledge the bill isn’t a finished product.

Indiana’s medical malpractice cap – currently $1.25 million dollars – hasn’t been raised in nearly two decades.  That’s lead to concerns about its constitutionality, and the bill aims to fix that. 

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Tuesday handed down a fine to an Indianapolis company for disposing of fetal remains as medical waste without a permit. 

And Indiana Right to Life and some conservative lawmakers say the case shines a light on the need for a current bill that would ban that practice.

Indiana law requires a permit to dispose of fetal remains as medical waste.  And the Indianapolis solid waste company did not have that permit and was fined around $11,000. 

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The Indiana Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that prohibits women from obtaining an abortion based on the race, gender or disability of the fetus she is carrying.

Bill co-author Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) says the measure protects unborn children who have disabilities, such as Down syndrome. Brown says physicians often encourage mothers to abort less-than-perfect fetuses. 

Indiana Senate To Consider Bill Restricting Abortions

Jan 27, 2016
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A bill preventing some abortions before 20 weeks of pregnancy passed a Senate committee Wednesday.

But some say the bill is blatantly unconstitutional. 

The bill is virtually identical to one that didn't pass last year. It bans abortions less than 20 weeks into term, but only if the patient's motivation is based on race, gender, disability, or the possibility of disability.

What's Causing A 20% Drop In Indiana's Abortion Rate

Jul 2, 2015
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Abortion rates are on the decline  across the country.

A recent Associated Press survey revealed abortion rates on average dropped 12-percent nationally. In Indiana the decline was even more dramatic. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports on what’s likely causing the decline and what that means for young women in Indiana.

Senate Passes Abortion Bill

Feb 25, 2015
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The Senate Tuesday passed a bill banning doctors from performing abortions if the procedures are requested for the sole reason of the fetus’ gender or disability.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle shared stories of personal experiences where a family member was diagnosed in the womb with a disability.  Markle Republican Senator Travis Holdman says his son chose not abort his grandson despite an early ultrasound that showed a potential complication. 

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A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday prohibiting women from having abortions because of the child’s gender or disability. 

Supporters say the measure helps affirm the value of all life.


Though abortion rights advocates are happy a federal judge has struck down a 2013 Indiana law requiring all abortion clinics to meet the same standards surgical abortion sites must meet, they say they’re still wary about what the 2015 lawmaking session may bring.


A federal judge has struck down portions of Indiana laws that regulate abortion clinics.

In a preliminary ruling, U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson writes that part of the law attempting to regulate Planned Parenthood centers that provide non-surgical abortions more strictly than regular doctor‘s offices who provide the same services violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana legal director Ken Falk represents Planned Parenthood in the case.

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Supporters of the new law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges don‘t believe that rulings against similar laws in other states will change anything in Indiana.

The state‘s law requiring doctors who perform abortions to document their admitting privileges at hospitals near the clinics took effect July 1st. But over the last two weeks, similar laws have been put on hold by federal courts in two states.