SB 179 would have amend Indiana Code 16-18-2-1.5 to redefine “abortion clinic” to include clinics that provide abortion inducing drugs to induce an abortion. Current law excludes entities that provide medication abortions and only include entities that perform surgical abortions.
The bill would have required abortion clinics to:
- Be constructed, arranged, modified, or maintained to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, employees, and visitors to the clinic;
- Provide a physical plant and equipment that meet state fire prevention and building safety codes or rules established by the fire prevention and building safety commission or the state department;
- Provide a safe and healthy environment that minimizes infection exposure and risk to patients, employees, and visitors to the clinic.
The bill also would have required the state department to inspect an abortion clinic at least one (1) time per calendar year.