House passes bill toughening abortion rules

Supporters say the bill is necessary to make sure abortions are being provided safely.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 1:58 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An anti-abortion bill that would require medical providers to report more patient information to the state has been approved by the Indiana House.

The measure passed Wednesday on a 67-26 vote. It was previously approved by the Senate, which must sign off on changes made in the House.

Supporters say the bill is necessary to make sure abortions are being provided safely.

But opponents argue it would allow big-government meddling in personal affairs, while miring medical providers - and not just abortion clinics - in bureaucratic red tape.

The bill includes a detailed list of what it calls "complications" that could arise from an abortion that must be reported. They include physical problems like infections, blood clots and hemorrhaging and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders.

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