INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A bill that would permit more medical providers to deny women care based on
an ethical, moral or religious objection to abortion has been approved by
the Indiana House.
House members voted
69-25 Thursday in favor of the legislation.
Indiana) Times reports the bill expands Indianaís conscience-protection
statute for medical professionals who donít want to perform an abortion or
participate in any procedure that results in an abortion. That includes
prescribing, administering or dispensing an abortion-inducing drug.
State law already
authorizes physicians, hospital employees and health clinic staffers to opt
out of abortion-related health care.
The new measure
would extend that to nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists.
The legislation now
returns to the Senate to determine if that chamber consents to a technical
change made by the House.