Here's a quick recap of other bills being considered at the statehouse regarding reproductive health.
House Bill 1211:
Authors: Rep. Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville and Christy Stutzman, R-Goshen
This bill is designed to attach a Level 5 felony for performing a "dismemberment" abortion. It outlines the exception to this being if the procedure is necessary to prevent serious health risks or save the mother's life. However, opponents of this bill say that "dismemberment" is not a medical term used and the description in the bill, which includes "rigid levers, slices, crushes or grasps a portion of the festus's body to cut or rip off", is not medically accurate and describe it as "junk science." The bill has been reassigned to the Committee on Public Policy.
The deadline for House bills is Tuesday, Feb, 19. Constituents can call
317-232-9600 to express their support or disapproval of bills.
Authors: Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne and Sen. Dennise Kruse R-Auburn
The bill aims to expand on Indiana's existing law that allows health care providers to oppose performing, assisting or participating in an abortion procedure based on their personal morals, ethics or religious background. The bill proposes that the definition of health care provider be broadened to include professions such as dentists, optometrists and athletic trainers among many others. Opponents of the bill, including the Younger Women's Task Force of Greater Lafayette and Planned Parenthood, describe this as a "solution in search of a problem" saying the law that stands is broad enough and adding this definition would hurt patients.The bill is waiting to be heard by the Committee on Health and Provider Services.
Authors: Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis
The bill would permit pregnant minors who are at least 16 years old to seek prenatal, delivery and postpartum care without parent or guardian consent. Opponents of the bill questioned the role parents should have in determining health care for their children, specifically underage pregnancy. A third reading of this bill was heard on Tuesday, January 29 where it was narrowly declined by one nay vote. However, because the bill didn't get at least 26 votes against it, it can be resurrected.
The deadline for Senate bills is Thursday, Feb. 21. Constituents can call
317-232-9400 to express their support or disapproval of bills.