FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Indiana is a signature away from adding another abortion law to the books.
Indiana State Senator Liz Brown is one sponsor of House Bill 1577, which would add multiple steps before a woman could have an abortion.
The State House joined the Senate in approving the bill Wednesday morning.
"I hope that what we’re doing is moving us in the right direction so that women are fully informed and understand they have other choices than the most devastating and final choice," Brown said.
If Governor Eric Holcomb signs the bill, a minor must have signed notarized consent from a parent before she can get an abortion.
It also requires clinics to tell women about a disputed abortion reversal drug.
Dr. Caroline Rouse with the IU School of Medicine reportedly told senators that the abortion reversal in question is “a dangerous and potentially life-threatening treatment without sound scientific evidence.”
Brown says over 2,000 women have done it successfully.
"That’s really important information that women need to have," Brown said. "Whether or not they choose to try to reverse or not, it’s about 64%, 68% percent successful. But it’s at least information we feel very strongly they should have."
Brown says this bill is about sharing information and keeping women safe. But critics question its motives.
"I don’t believe that this bill does that at all, because if we really look at what this bill is doing, it’s putting as many barriers in place as possible for a woman to obtain that necessary healthcare that determines the course of rest of her life," said MaryClare Akers.
Akers works with Allen County Democrats but says she speaks as a woman when she asks legislators to keep abortion between a woman and her doctor.
"Those are regulations that are being put in there to beef up an already overdone regulation system that we have in my opinion," Akers said.
She says abortion laws do more harm than good.
"We don’t decrease the number of abortions by regulating them, we just make them less safe," Akers said.
Brown has also authored a bill that would require lawmakers to reconvene if Supreme Court case Roe v Wade is overturned.