Governor Mike Pence says the state’s investigation of Planned Parenthood was important in the wake of what he calls appalling remarks by senior officials of the national health care provider.

Pence ordered the State Health Department to investigate the abortion provider two weeks ago in the wake of videos allegedly showing national Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue, which is against the law in Indiana. 

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Opponents of a bill barring women from having abortions because of the child’s gender or disability say it will restrict a woman’s right to choose.

The proposed legislation, authored by Fort Wayne Republican Senator Liz Brown, prohibits abortions done because of the child’s gender or if they have a genetic disability such as Down syndrome. 

Supporters say the measure helps women know they have options beyond abortion and that a child being diagnosed with a disability is not a death sentence. 

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A federal judge has signed off on an agreement reached between lawyers representing the state and Planned Parenthood of Indiana that nullifies a 2013 state law.

Ultimately, the law requiring a Lafayette abortion clinic to have the same facilities as those that perform surgical abortions never went into effect at all.

Almost as soon as the law was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, a challenge to it was filed in court and a judge barred the law from taking effect, pending an appeal.

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.” 

A federal judge Tuesday put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood.  The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.

Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood.  Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court. 

Hoosier women receiving health services from Planned Parenthood of Indiana will not be at risk of losing that access after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case challenging an Indiana law attempting to halt state funding to the organization.

Legislation regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 is headed to the governor’s desk after the Senate approved changes made in the House.

The original legislation required women receiving RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving the drug.  Changes made in the House allow women to opt-out of viewing the ultrasound or listening to the fetal heartbeat. 

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A bill regulating abortion-inducing drugs administered at Indiana abortion clinics will advance to the House floor after passage in committee Wednesday.

When the bill passed the Senate, it required women receiving the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to taking the drug.  Changes in the House committee Wednesday would require the ultrasound to be offered but allow women to turn it down. 

The bill now only forces changes at one Indiana location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette. 

Legislation regulating how abortion clinics dispense abortion-inducing drugs no longer requires an ultrasound after the drug is taken. But Democrats say an amendment made to the bill Monday isn’t good enough.