INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill advancing in the Indiana Legislature would let pharmacists refuse to dispense abortion-inducing drugs to women if they have ethical, moral or religious objections.
The proposal endorsed by a state Senate committee would expand a current law that prevents doctors or hospital employees from being required to participate in abortions. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Liz Brown of Fort Wayne would extend that conscience protection to pharmacists, nurses and physician assistants.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisories In Effect; Snow Arrives For Monday Morning Commute
State records show that about 2,800, or roughly one-third, of abortions in Indiana last year were drug induced.READ MORE: Melissa Ortega, 8-Year-Old Girl Killed In Little Village Shooting, Had Just Emigrated From Mexico
Democratic Sen. Jean Breaux of Indianapolis argued the law should require health care providers to let patients know beforehand of their objections. Brown maintains it’s the patient’s responsibility to ask.
The bill is awaiting action by the full Senate.MORE NEWS: Illinois State Departments, Driver Service Facilities Reopen Monday Weeks After COVID Surge
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