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Journal and Courier: “The Indiana Senate voted 34-14 Tuesday to approve the bill, which would require abortion providers to establish a 24-hour-a-day phone line for patients to call in case of questions or complications. The bill also would require abortion providers to give patients contact information for the hospital that provides admitting privileges.”
The Journal Gazette: “A measure meant to put additional regulations on the state’s abortion clinics was vastly changed in a Senate committee Wednesday, leaving just a few smaller concerns. Senate Bill 292 originally would have made some major changes to abortion law but an amendment was offered immediately by the committee chairwoman to remove most of the legislation.”
AP: A judge on Tuesday made permanent her order barring Indiana from denying Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood clinics, ending the state’s two-year legal fight.
Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take case where a federal appeals court struck down an Indiana law denying Medicaid funds to abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
The Indy Channel: Indiana Right to Life president Mike Fichter says the group agreed with the decision to drop the ultrasound requirement because debate over it in the state Senate had taken focus away from its goal of tightening regulations on clinics that provide abortions.
JCOnline.com: The trigger point of this latest fight is the dispensing of the RU-486 abortion pill at the Lafayette office of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. Right to Life supporters claim the facility is not licensed or regulated to perform abortions, and that pregnancies terminated by RU-486 are abortions.
LifeNews.com: Indiana officials filed a legal brief on Monday with a federal appeals court asking that it reverse a judge’s decision this summer overturning its new comprehensive pro-life law that limits abortions and de-funds Planned Parenthood.
LifeNews.com: Three pro-life legal groups have weighed in on the case — including the American Center for Law and Justice, Alliance Defense Fund and Thomas More Society — and they have said the law is constitutional.Planned Parenthood of Indiana in 2008 suspended an employee after a video showed the staffer covering up a girl’s statutory rape. The video was a part of an earlier series of undercover investigations Live Action performed with a UCLA student, Lila Rose, posing as a 13-year old girl who had sexual relations with a 31-year-old man.
LifeNews.com: Three pro-life legal groups have weighed in on the case — including the American Center for Law and Justice, Alliance Defense Fund and Thomas More Society — and they have said the law is constitutional.
New American: Before Daniels signed the measure, ADF Senior Counsel Steven Aden advised: “The Indiana Legislature has worded a bill that allows them to be good stewards of the people’s money in this regard without fear of jeopardizing other funding that is clearly not at issue in this bill. In fact, if the governor signs the bill and it is ever attacked in court, ADF would offer to assist in mounting a legal defense of the law free of charge.”
MSNBC: “Abortion opponents have begun campaigning for an Indiana law that would restrict coverage for the procedure by a state health care exchange created by the federal health care overhaul . . . ”