— Indiana lawmakers advanced a measure Tuesday that would require abortion
providers to give the state documentation proving that the doctors who
perform the abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital or a written
agreement with a doctor who does.
Before voting 9-1
in favor of sending the measure for consideration by the full chamber,
though, the House Public Policy Committee amended the bill to keep
confidential the names the partnering physicians. Abortion rights
proponents were concerned that such doctors could face harassment if their
names were made public.
Supporters of the
measure say the reporting requirement would increase accountability and
oversight of abortion providers.
agreements could be a handshake over a punch bowl at a Christmas party,"
said former state Rep. Cindy Noe, who is now a spokeswoman for Indiana
Right to Life. "You do not have a trail that can be followed to make sure
the law is being complied with."
would have to give patients the contact information for the hospital and
give patients the number of an emergency phone line at the facility
available for consultation 24 hours a day.
The bill has been
watered down several times. Previous versions would have expanded building
code requirements for some clinics and mandated annual clinic inspections.