Indiana county OKs ordinance for out-of-town doctors

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A county in northeast Indiana has approved an ordinance to require out-of-town providers of abortion and other medical services to give contact information to other area health providers.

The three-member Allen County Board of Commissioners on Friday approved the measure.

When the ordinance first was introduced in 2008 it would have required doctors performing certain outpatient procedures such as abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, but it since was changed.

The ordinance takes effect June 1. In 2009, a bill died that would have required doctors who perform abortions in Indiana to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital after the General Assembly adjourned without reaching a compromise.

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