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Feb 26, 2013 3:42 PM by Eric Ross

Senate approves tougher abortion pill rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana clinics that provide only abortion drugs would face tougher requirements and doctors would have to perform ultrasound examinations on women seeking those drugs under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Senators voted 33-16 on Tuesday in favor of the proposal that opponents have assailed as an attempt to complicate and invade a woman's personal health decisions.

Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says the state should regulate clinics distributing abortion-inducing drugs to ensure the safety of women taking them.

The bill exempts physician offices from any extra regulations even if those doctors sometimes prescribe abortion pills. Planned Parenthood of Indiana says the additional requirements might force it to stop providing abortion drugs at its Lafayette clinic.

The bill now goes to the House.

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