Deadlock Kills Abortion Doctor Bill in Indiana

By Nina Settappa

Deadlock Kills Abortion Doctor Bill in Indiana

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 30, 2009 at 7:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A bill that opponents said would limit women's access to abortions in Indiana has died after the General Assembly adjourned without reaching a compromise on the contentious legislation.

The bill would have required doctors who perform abortions in Indiana to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital. It also would have informed women seeking abortions that a fetus might feel pain.

The House version of the proposal included a cancer screening program for women. The GOP-led Senate was adamant that the $28
million program didn't belong in the bill, but the Democrat-controlled House refused to give it up. The deadlock killed the bill.

Supporters say the bill would have improved patient safety, but opponents say it was aimed at restricting women's access to abortions.

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