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Indiana Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Clinics To Report Botched Abortions

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The Indiana House approved a bill Wednesday that tightens regulations on abortion facilities and requires abortion clinics and other facilities that perform abortions to report when any complications occur.

Senate Bill 340 passed in a 67 to 26 vote, and mandates that hospitals, doctors and abortion clinics report any complications during an abortion, including hemorrhaging, infection, respiratory arrest, blood clots, incomplete abortion and others.

Doctors, abortion clinics and hospitals must also report if a woman wanting to abort expresses a desire to do so because she was abused, harassed or coerced.

Hospitals and abortion clinics applying for operational licenses must disclose whether they have ever been barred from obtaining legal documents or had their operations shut down due to a failure to meet health and safety regulations.

The law also expands safe haven baby boxes to allow women to leave an unborn baby at any Indiana fire station, including those staffed by volunteers, without risk of facing criminal charges.

“The Indiana House took strong action today by passing Senate Bill 340,” Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter said, according to LifeNews. “The days of abortion businesses hiding injuries to women, or looking the other way when women are coerced into abortion, will hopefully come to an end with this important bill,” he added.

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“In order to protect the health and lives of women, complete and reliable data on abortion must be available to women, the medical community, and the general public. The passage of S340 furthers this goal, and AUL urges Governor Holcomb to sign this legislation without delay,” Americans United For Life (AUL) president Catherine Glenn Foster told The Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday.

Arizona lawmakers approved a bill last Thursday that will mandate abortion providers and physicians request information from women undergoing abortions about their reasons to abort and provide them with comprehensive information about the risks of abortion. (RELATED: Arizona Senate Passes Abortion Bill Requiring Women To Tell Docs Why They’re Aborting)

The Arizona bill — Senate Bill 1394 — lists 11 potential reasons, including questions about the woman’s emotional and physical health, according to the Arizona Central. Reasons include not being able to afford a child, not wanting a child, being raped, a husband having an extramarital affair, abuse and others.

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