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Indiana Abortion Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice




Ind. Code Ann. §§ 16-34-1-3 to -7




Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

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Indiana Code sections 16-34-1-3–7 allows hospitals, physicians, and employees of hospitals to refuse to provide abortion services.

The law prohibits hospitals from being required to permit its facilities to be utilized for the performance of abortions. Physicians, employees, and staff of facilities in which an abortion may be performed may not be required to assist or participate in the medical procedures resulting in or intended to result in an abortion, if that individual objects to such procedures on ethical, moral, or religious grounds.

Further, no person may be required, as a condition of training, employment, pay, promotion, or privileges, to agree to perform or participate in the performing of abortions.

No hospital or other person may discriminate against or discipline a person because of the person’s moral beliefs concerning abortion. A person may bring a civil action for damages and reinstatement for any violation of these provisions.

The law, enacted in 1973, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals to any patients seeking abortion services.