Planned Parenthood Supports Changes to Abortion Legislation

Feb 25, 2014

Planned Parenthood says changes made to a bill regulating physicians who perform abortions alleviate  their concern about the legislation. 

Indiana law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital  or for those doctors to enter into agreements with a doctor who has admitting privileges.

Planned  Parenthood refers to these doctors as “backup physicians.” 

Proposed legislation would have required  backup physicians to have proof of their admitting privileges on record with the state Department  of Health, which would make that information available to the public.

Planned Parenthood raised  concerns that requirement would leave backup physicians vulnerable to harassment. The House Public  Policy Committee Tuesday changed the bill, allowing the Department of Health to redact the physicians’  information.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Vice President Liz Carroll says the change  improves the bill.

“You facilitated discussion among the interested parties," Carroll says. "You’ve listened to the voices who have been  concerned about physician safety and we very much appreciate that.” 

Pro-life groups say they’re supportive of the bill, noting that it still makes certain abortion clinics have  written agreements with local doctors – which they say helps ensure patient safety.

The bill now heads  to the House floor.