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Indiana State Department of Health

ISDH Home > Health Care Quality & Regulatory > Acute Care/Hospitals > Abortion Clinic Licensing Program Abortion Clinic Licensing Program

Program Overview

A freestanding entity that performs abortion procedures must be licensed as an abortion clinic. Such an entity does not include a hospital that is licensed as a hospital, an ambulatory surgery center that is licensed as an ambulatory surgery center, or a physician’s office as long as the surgical procedures performed at the physician’s office are not primarily surgical abortion procedures and abortion inducing drugs are not the primarily dispensed or prescribed drug at the physician’s offices.

The ISDH monitors the health care quality of abortion clinics through the state licensure process.  Abortion clinics are licensed for one year.  ISDH surveyors visit abortion clinics at least once every two years and conduct an inspection of the facility for compliance with state rules.

Contact the Program

Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Acute Care
2 North Meridian Street, 4A
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7474 (Acute Care Receptionist)
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)

Program Manager
Ann Hamel
(317) 233-7487
(317) 233-7472 [Administrative Assistant]

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Abortion Information Brochure

ISDH Abortion Informed Consent Brochure

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.


(PDF | Word) Abortion Consent Form

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. 

(PDF | Word) Abortion Fetal Ultrasound and Heart Tone Certification 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. 

Application for License to Operate an Abortion Clinic

Laws and Regulations

State Laws and Rules


Indiana Code (IC) 16-18-2: Definitions specific to abortions

Indiana Code (IC) 16-18-2:  State Department of Health Definitions


Indiana Code (IC) 16-34:  Abortions

Indiana Code (IC) 16-34-1-9: Indiana Abortion Public Policy

Indiana Code (IC) 31-14-11:  Support following determination of paternity

Indiana Code (IC) 31-14-17-1:  Expenses of mother's pregnancy & childbirth

Abortion Clinic Licensing

Indiana Code 16-21-2;  Licensure

410 IAC 26;  Licensure rules

410 IAC 26-6-2; Abortion Clinic Medical Error Reporting Rule



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