Abortion Bill Could Pass Soon

By Mary Collins

Abortion Bill Could Pass Soon

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana state lawmakers could take their final vote on a major abortion bill Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, late Tuesday agreed to Senate changes to the bill, including a new provision cutting off taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana. That means the two houses will not have to hash out a compromise.

The House approved the bill 72-23 last month. The Senate passed it 35-13 last week after adding the provision to defund Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

If the bill becomes law, Indiana would be the first state to bar low-income patients from using their Medicaid benefits at Planned Parenthood.

Gov. Mitch Daniels has not said whether he would sign the bill.

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