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Pregnant teens can consent to medical care under House bill

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Weeks after the Indiana Senate rejected a similar bill, the Indiana House voted unanimously Tuesday for a measure that lets pregnant teenagers give consent to receive medical care. Unlike the bill that died in the Senate, House Bill 1547 included a provision requiring medical providers to make a reasonable attempt to […]

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Committee approves ban on controversial second-trimester abortion method

By Erica Irish  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Days after lawmakers listened to hours of testimony on a bill to forbid a controversial abortion procedure in the second trimester, members of the House Public Policy committee settled the discussion in less than 20 minutes Monday with a vote to advance the measure.  At a hearing on Feb. 13, the […]

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House bill would prohibit a form of second-trimester abortions

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House Public Policy Committee withheld voting on a controversial bill that would limit second trimester abortions after hours of heated debate that dragged into the evening Wednesday. House Bill 1211 would make performing dismemberment abortions on a living fetus during or after the second trimester a level 5 […]

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Legislators discuss clear classifications for Indiana hospitals

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Hospitals would come with more specific labels describing their services under a bill debated Wednesday by a Senate committee. Senate Bill 575, authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, would require the state Department of Health to label hospitals with specific classifications, such as general acute hospitals, specialty acute hospitals and […]

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Lawmakers approve bill to increase smoking age

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A Senate committee voted in favor of raising the minimum age to buy or sell tobacco products and e-liquids Wednesday. Senate Bill 425, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, increases the legal age to buy tobacco products and e-liquids from age 18 to 21 and would also prevent anyone under 18 […]

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Attorney general calls on Supreme Court to reinstate 18-hour waiting period for abortions

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the heels of decisions by state legislatures in New York and Virginia to expand abortion access, the office of Attorney General Curtis Hill is asking the Supreme Court to review a proposed waiting period requirement for women seeking abortions in Indiana. The requirement, signed into Indiana law under […]

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Close call for bill to provide medical services to pregnant minors

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill to expand health services to minors who are pregnant failed in the Indiana Senate Tuesday afternoon, but there’s a chance the debate isn’t over yet. Senate Bill 352, authored by Sens. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, and Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, would have permitted pregnant minors who […]

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Industry experts warn lawmakers of deregulation dangers in proposed law

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators reviewed a sweeping bill that would condense at least 12 professional licensing agencies and eliminate others Tuesday in an attempt to reduce government oversight. But critics say parts of the bill could leave consumers and industry professionals vulnerable. As part of the good government component of Gov. Eric […]

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Senate bill would limit government role in reproductive health issues

Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Two years ago, Ali Brown found herself needing emergency contraceptive services after becoming pregnant while a copper intrauterine device, or IUD, was still in place. Her regular physician was unavailable to see her for at least two weeks, so Brown turned to Planned Parenthood and received treatment within 24 hours. And without […]

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Hoosiers support cigarette tax hike by wide margin, survey finds

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Nearly three out of four Hoosiers support a $2 per pack hike in the cost of cigarettes and using the new money to keep children from smoking and helping current smokers quit. That is the result of a recent survey conducted by Bellwether Research and Consulting and paid for by the […]

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