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Bill bars future rule waivers for Indiana abortion clinics

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Planned Parenthood officials believe Indiana's existing abortion clinics won't face closure after legislators changed provisions in a bill that the group worried could impose more building rules on the sites.

A proposal presented to an Indiana House committee on Wednesday included a section that would prohibit the state health department from waiving any building requirements for an abortion clinic. Planned Parenthood said some clinics have exemptions from state rules adopted in 2005 without any safety problems.

The committee rewrote the section to allow existing clinic exemptions to continue but not allow any more waivers from the health department after this year.

Those provisions are in a broader bill that would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same facility requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions.





Posted 3/27/2013