Planned Parenthood, legal operations in question at next session

No matter how Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller responds to Indiana Right to Life’s challenge recently about what goes on at Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic, Hoosiers got a nice glimpse at what surely is coming during the next Indiana General Assembly session.

After 2011’s battles over blocking state funding for clinics that provide abortion services — more than just a swipe at Planned Parenthood — 2012 promises more push and pull along Roe v. Wade lines.

Last week, Indiana Right to Life called on the attorney general to investigate what the organization called first-time numbers reported by the Indiana Department of Health on “induced termination of pregnancy” for Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic. The group cited state figures of 36 abortions in 2010 and 78 abortions in 2011.

None of those would have been surgical abortions. Instead, they would have stemmed from the clinic’s use of RU-486, or Mifepistone. The USDA-approved drug is used to terminate an early pregnancy of 49 or fewer days.

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