Indiana panels back tighter abortion law, ending gun permits

One Indiana House committee voted 9-3 in favor of a bill that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment that could stop the abortion process, while another Republican-dominated committee endorsed repealing the state law requiring a permit to carry a handgun in public. The abortion bill with the so-called “abortion reversal” provision also includes a requirement for notarization of a parent’s signature allowing abortion for women younger than 18 years old. Abortion opponents argue the bill ensures that women who may change their minds about ending their pregnancies have information about stopping the process by taking a different drug after having taken the first of the two drugs for a medication abortion. Abortion-rights supporters maintain doctors would be forced to provide dubious information to their patients. At least six states already require doctors to tell women that it may be possible to reverse a medication abortion, while laws in some other states, including Tennessee, have been blocked by legal challenges. Medical groups say the “reversal” process is not backed up by science, and there is little information about the procedure’s safety. “The state legislature should not mandate a physician to tell a patient these falsehoods that could ultimately endanger their patients’ lives,” Wilkinson said. Medication abortions accounted for 44% of the roughly 7,600 abortions performed in Indiana during 2019, according to the state health department’s most recent statistics. Dr. Christina Francis, a Fort Wayne physician who is board chair for the American Association […]

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