INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday approved a proposal to tighten laws on how women can receive the so-called abortion pill even though doctors testified that the measure mandates prescription of a more dangerous higher dosage.
The Senate health committee voted 5-4 in support of the bill that requires that a doctor examine a woman in person before giving her RU-486, provide written information about the physical risks of abortion and to schedule a follow-up ultrasound for her two weeks later. Doctors who don't follow those steps could face a misdemeanor criminal charge if the proposal becomes law.
Supporters said such requirements are meant to help protect the health of the women because of the potential risk of heavy bleeding and other side effects in the days after the drug is taken.
The bill also requires doctors to follow federal Food and Drug Administration guidelines for administering the drug.