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Indiana Abortion Law


 1.    Abortion is legal in Indiana for the full nine months of pregnancy for reasons of the woman’s life or health.  The Supreme Court’s 1973 Doe v. Bolton decision defined health so broadly as to allow abortion for any reason.  The only exception is the gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion, which is banned in Indiana except if the women’s life is endangered.


2.     Abortions after the first trimester of pregnancy, or before viability, must be done in a hospital or ambulatory outpatient surgical center.


3.     Abortions after the point of viability must be done in a hospital with a premature birth intensive care unit and in the presence of a second physician who shall take control and provide immediate care of a child born alive as a result of the abortion.


4.     A minor girl less than eighteen years of age must have the written consent of at least one parent prior to getting an abortion in Indiana.  The minor may petition a juvenile court for a waiver of the parental consent requirement.


5.     At least 18 hours prior to getting an abortion, a woman must be provided with information including the name of the abortionist, the nature of the abortion procedure, the risks of and alternatives to abortion, the probable gestational age of the unborn child, a picture or drawing of an unborn child, and fetal development.  It is currently uncertain as to if or how this law is being enforced.


6.     Fetal experimentation is banned, as is the transportation of aborted babies out of Indiana for experimental purposes.


7.     Childbirth is to be preferred, encouraged, and supported over abortion.


8.     Neither the state nor any political subdivision of the state may pay for abortion except to preserve the life of the mother.


9.     No private or denominational hospital shall be required to do abortions.


10.      Physicians, employees, or members of staff of hospitals, which do abortions, shall not be required to participate in an abortion if the individual personally objects to abortion.

11.      No person shall be required, as a condition of training, employment, pay, promotion, or privileges, to perform or participate in an abortion.


12.      No hospital or other person shall discriminate against or discipline a person because of the person’s moral beliefs concerning abortion.


13.      Indiana abortion clinics are not subject to Indiana Administrative Code, which regulate all other ambulatory outpatient surgical centers.  The result is that each abortionist is free to set his or her own clinic standards.