INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 70-26 Tuesday to strictly regulate the use of abortion-inducing pills and the clinics that distribute them.
Six Democrats joined all but one Republican in supporting Senate Bill 371, which treats abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU-486, the same as surgical abortions.
It requires women seeking either type of abortion to undergo a pre-procedure ultrasound and receive a state-designed "informed consent" brochure featuring color photos of fetuses at various stages of development.
In addition, clinics that provide abortion-inducing pills would have to comply with the same state-mandated building and equipment standards as facilities that perform surgical abortions.
State Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, the House sponsor, said the measure provides appropriate regulations for abortion-inducing drugs that are not currently addressed under Indiana law.
"My intent is to seek out a remedy to safeguard our young women who have chosen this path," Negele said.
State Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, said Hoosier women would be better off if lawmakers focused on providing contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies in the first place, and services, such as child care and housing, for women with children.
"There's not one person in this room that is pro-abortion," Lawson said during House debate. "But many of the pro-life supporters don't extend their concern to the child after it's born, especially those who perceive the programs as being socialistic."
The Senate sponsor, state Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said he's likely to consent to House changes made to the legislation that could send it to the governor next week.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law any "pro-life" measure that makes it to his desk.