Mifeprex, a prescription drug which was originally marketed as RU-486, is sometimes known as the abortion pill. A clinic in Lafayette, IN handed out the pill to clients. Pro-life groups reported the clinic for performing abortions. A 2011 Indiana law removes funding from Planned Parenthood clinics that perform abortions. The clinic does not violate Indiana law by prescribing the medication to clients. The law defines an abortion as an artificial determination of a pregnancy, according to WTHI.
Pro-Life groups describe Mifeprex as an abortion drug, but it does not terminate pregnancy. It works by preventing contraception. They want the state attorney general to conduct an investigation into the clinic, but the agency has turned down the offer. A spokesperson for the office said that an investigation would need to be conducted by the Department of Health.
Mike Ficther, president of Right to Life Indiana, refers to the process as medication abortions. His group plans to continue fighting the 2011 law. Other states have passed similar laws, and all of these laws face challenges in federal court.