Settlement Reached In Allen County Patient Safety Ordinance Lawsuit

By Scott Sarvay

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Allen County Commissioners have reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit regarding Allen County's Patient Safety Ordinance.

The heart of the ordinance requires out of town doctors performing invasive procedures like abortions, to provide local hospitals with emergency contact information and to line up a backup doctor in case of complications.

As part of the settlement, one minor change was made relating to the inspections of documents. But the major pieces of the ordinance were upheld.

The county will pay the suing party's $30,000 in attorney fees as part of the settlement.

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