Ordinance Could Affect Doctors Who Perform Abortions

By Brien McElhatten

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 6, 2008 at 10:20 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter)- A controverisal proposal could affect doctors who perfom abortions in Allen County.

The "Patient Safety Ordinance," has been under the consideration of county officials for over a month.

The proposal takes aim at independent physicians by forcing them to secure admitting rights to local hospitals-or risk being fined or even shut down.

Officials say hospital doctors need to be made aware of what happened during a precedure when they are visited by a patient with complications, but who they did not initially treat.

The original proposal only mentioned gynecological procedures.

A new version expands the perameters.

Oppenents say the proposed ordinance is an attempt to limit the availability of abortions.

Supporters disagree.

Click the video link to find out what the new version entails, and what officials have to say.

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