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Planned Parenthood groups in Kentucky and Indiana join forces

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Officials at Planned Parenthood of Indiana announced Monday that the group will merge with its sister organization in Kentucky to create a larger nonprofit with 28 clinics in the two states. The union will take effect July 1. Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum will serve in the same […]

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Gun sales up but ammunition harder to find

Gun sales up but ammo harder to find from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Dexter Howard TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Greg Burge casually leans over one of the glass display cases lining his store, Beech Grove Firearms. He stands in front of a half-empty gun rack and gives a quick run-down on business. “It’s been a record […]

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Pence signs bill to regulate clinics using abortion drugs

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Wednesday that will put stricter regulations on clinics administering abortion-inducing drugs as Planned Parenthood officials said they’re considered a suit to challenge the new law. The group has said the legislation will likely force it to end abortion services at a clinic […]

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Sen. Donnelly announces he now supports same-sex marriage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly announced on Friday that he now supports “marriage equality for all,” switching a position against same-sex unions that he had reiterated last year when he ran for office. Donnelly becomes one of the last Senate Democrats to announce his support for same-sex marriage. Donnelly said […]

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House passes bill to regulate drug-induced abortions

 By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers passed an emotionally charged bill Tuesday that would put stricter regulations on clinics administering the abortion-inducing drug RU-486. Senate Bill 371 – which requires the clinics to be built to handle surgeries, even if they don’t perform them – now moves back to the Senate, where the bill’s […]

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Committee approves new requirements for clinics administering abortion-inducing drugs

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee Wednesday passed a bill that would change the definition of abortion in Indiana to include those procedures done with drugs, which means even non-surgical clinics would be required to meet surgical standards. The Public Policy Committee amended the provisions into Senate Bill 371, a bill that […]

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Senate passes bill to require ultrasounds for drug-induced abortions

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate voted Monday to pass a bill that would require women to receive an ultrasound before receiving the abortion drug RU486. Senate Bill 371 also requires a clinic that dispenses an abortion-inducing drug would have to meet the same standards, both in care and facility, as a […]

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Senate alters bill to require one – not two – ultrasounds for drug-induced abortions

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate voted Monday to eliminate one of the two ultrasounds that would be required for women using drugs for an abortion under legislation now set for a Senate vote. Senate Bill 371 requires that a clinic that dispenses an abortion-inducing drug – known as RU486 – would have […]

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Two bills that add regulations to abortions headed to full Senate

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After two hours of testimony Wednesday morning, a Senate committee passed two controversial bills supported by Indiana Right to Life that add new regulations for abortion providers. As amended Wednesday, Senate Bill 489 would require that clinics give women color images – rather than black and white illustrations – […]

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Bosma, Long postpone marriage amendment discussion, say they’ll wait for SCOTUS decision

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders announced Thursday that they will wait until 2014 to discuss amending the Indiana Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and restrict civil unions. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said their caucuses decided to postpone action on the proposal because […]

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