Indiana County Debates Tougher Abortion Doctor Law

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – A push to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital has stalled in a northern Indiana county.

A St. Joseph County Council committee voted 5-2 Tuesday night to continue review of the proposed ordinance rather than advance it for a full council vote.

Republican councilman Dan Herbster says the proposal he's sponsoring would go further than current state law that requires abortion doctors without admitting privileges to have an agreement with a local doctor who does.

The proposal's supporters say it would protect the health of women undergoing abortions since the doctor would be connected with a nearby hospital in case of complications. Opponents say it is aimed at further restricting the availability of abortions and wrongly singles out one type of out-patient procedure.