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During the 2011 Session of the Indiana General Assembly, the General Assembly passed Public Law 193-2011 [House Bill 1210] pertaining to abortion matters. Public Law 193-2011 requires the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to post Internet web site links concerning materials described in the statute on the ISDH’s web site.
Senate Enrolled Act 371 (2013) requires the ISDH to develop an informed consent brochure and post on the ISDH web site. The statute also requires the ISDH to develop forms certifying that abortion information has been provided to the pregnant woman seeking an abortion.
This web site is provided by the ISDH in compliance with statutory requirements. This site provides the informed consent brochure and links to external sites that provide information about abortions. This information is intended to be informational. The Indiana State Department of Health does not endorse nor is responsible for the content provided in external links. References to legal requirements in may refer to legal requirements in other states and not necessarily be applicable in Indiana.
The ISDH was required by Indiana statute to develop an informed consent brochure and post on the department’s web site [Senate Enrolled Act 371 (2013) - IC 16-34-2-1.5]. The abortion provider is required to provide the pregnant woman with a color copy of the brochure [IC 16-34-2-1.1(a)(4)]. The ISDH Abortion Informed Consent Brochure is the statutorily required brochure.
The ISDH was required by Indiana statute to develop a state form documenting that the pregnant woman has received specified information [IC 16-34-2-1.1(a)(3)]. The Abortion Consent Form is the statutorily required form.
Before an abortion is performed, the abortion provider must perform a fetal ultrasound and fetal heart tone procedure. The provider must enable the pregnant woman to view the fetal ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat of the fetus if the fetal heart tone is audible [IC 26-34-2-1.1(b)]. The purpose of this form is to document the opportunity to view the image and hear the heart tone.
Abortion Clinic Licensing
Indiana 211 Partnership, Inc. (IN211) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the 2-1-1 system for Indiana. The goal is to create a seamless network of information and referral services that enables anyone in Indiana in need of human services to have quick referrals to those who provide them by dialing 2-1-1. Additionally, aggregate data will be collected to assist communities in assessing needs and allocating resources.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) recognized the Partnership as the proper administrator for the 2-1-1 dialing code on February 20, 2002, and issued a final order on June 17, 2004. The Indiana General Assembly passed legislation supporting 2-1-1 that became effective July 1, 2004 (I.C. 8-1-19.5). IN211 is actively working to implement 2-1-1 service in order to serve all Hoosiers through linked IN211 Centers.
Learn more about your local 2-1-1 at http://www.in211.org/
Abortion alternative links, Womenshealth.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health
Adoption, Indiana Department of Child Services
Women's and Children's Health Information
Office of Women’s Health, Indiana State Department of Health
Maternal and Child's Health Program, Indiana State Department of Health
Stronger, healthier babies, March of Dimes
Qualcheck (a screening tool for financial & medical assistance)
Hoosier Healthwise Program
Division of Family Resources
Indiana Care Select Program
Presumptive Eligibility Program
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Abortion Research Links: U.S. National Library of Medicine
Pub Med, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Institute of Health:
This site provides search capabilities for medical research. Searching for “abortion” provides a sizeable number of refereed journal articles related to abortion.
Abortion Statistics and Data
Abortion Surveillance – United States, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC provides annual abortion surveillance data and information on reproductive health.
Articles Providing an Overview of Abortions
Abortion, Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health
This article provides abortion information to include overviews, specific resulting conditions, risks, journal articles, statistics, and handouts
Medical abortion, Mayo Clinic
This article provides an overview of abortion procedures to include risks, expectations, and after the procedure information.
Medical abortion, Mayo Clinic
This article provides a definition, risks, how you prepare, and what to expect from an abortion procedure.
Induced abortion, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
This site provides an overview of abortions to include types of abortions, risks, and a glossary of terms.
Abortion, miscarriage, and breast cancer risk fact sheet, National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health
Ending a pregnancy, FamilyDoctor.org, American Academy of Family Physicians
Fetal Development Information
Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health
This article discusses how a human baby is conceived and how the baby develops inside the mother's womb. The site includes images of fetal development.
Healthy pregnancy, Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic site provides information to assist in understanding pregnancy week by week to help individuals make good decisions throughout the pregnancy. The article includes images of fetal development.
Abortion and subsequent pregnancies, Mayo Clinic