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Indiana Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

Friday, 09 Oct 2015 01:43 AM

Indiana has some of the toughest abortion law restrictions in the nation.

The Hoosier State is ranked at No. 3 in a study of state restrictions by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, reported by The Washington Post. Oklahoma was No. 1, and Oregon, the least restrictive of all, the research said.

By contrast, the neighboring state of Illinois ranked No. 32 in the nation for abortion restrictions, and Michigan ranked No. 20, the Post noted.

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NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Indiana
a grade of F for choice-related laws. The organization labeled Republican Gov. Mike Pence and the state legislature as “anti-choice” and pointed out that 93 percent of the counties in the state don’t have an abortion clinic.

That organization also gave neighboring states Ohio and Kentucky F grades. Illinois received a grade of B.

Americans United for Life ranked the state at No. 7 saying Indiana lawmakers have “made significant strides in recent years to protect women and unborn children from the harms inherent in abortion and from substandard abortion clinics.”

The organization pointed out that laws passed in 2014 in the state require annual inspections of abortion clinics and prohibit private insurance coverage of abortion. AUL ranked neighboring states Illinois at No. 24, Ohio at No. 16 and Kentucky at No. 20.

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First trimester abortions are legal in Indiana, but second trimester abortions must be done in a hospital setting. Those pregnancies after 22 weeks are only permitted if a women's life is endangered, according to Indiana University.

FindLaw noted that Indiana abortion laws are generally similar to those of other states around the country. They require a waiting period for an abortion of 18 hours after state-required counseling. Only licensed physicians may perform abortions. Minors must have consent from one parent before they can undergo an abortion.

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