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Indiana Abortion Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Friday, 09 October 2015 02:04 AM

Indiana has tougher abortion laws than most states in the nation.

A study by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute ranked Indiana No. 3 of all states in abortion restrictions, The Washington Post reported.

Indiana, according to the legal website FindLaw
, requires an 18-hour waiting period after state-required abortion counseling. It allows minors to have abortion with the consent of one parent. Only licensed physicians are allowed to perform abortions in the state. Those pregnancies in the second trimester can only be aborted in a hospital.

NARAL Pro-Choice America graded Indiana
with an F, calling Gov. Mike Pence and both houses of the Indiana Legislature "anti-choice."

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The pro-choice group says 93 of Indiana's counties don't have an abortion clinic.

The state is one of six in the nation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, CBS News said.

Indiana was ranked at No. 7 on Americans United for Life’s 2015 Life List, up from No. 8 the previous year.

The organization said Indiana has made “significant strides” in pro-life legislation and highlighted laws passed in 2014 to require annual state inspections of abortion clinics and prohibit insurance coverage of the procedures.

The state requires an ultrasound prior to an abortion, and the healthcare provider must display the image as well as project the fetal heart sounds unless the woman signs forms declining those measures. Indiana also requires the woman receive information about the abortion, risks and alternatives.

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