Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Abortion Bill

*Correction appended.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Tuesday on legislation that would tighten abortion restrictions.

Senate Bill 97 requires physicians to personally administer the two-drug cocktail that induces a medical abortion, which must be taken 24 hours apart, and to see the patient for a follow-up appointment within 14 days. The bill also requires physicians performing abortions to put existing verbal agreements with back-up physicians into written contracts, so that the state can track the names of doctors with hospital privileges that are willing to treat abortion patients in emergency situations. 

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