Indiana House passes two key pro-life bills; women in the House overwhelmingly support both bills

March 30, 2011

Indiana Right to Life is applauding the Indiana House for passage today of two key pro-life bills that carry multiple provisions that will dramatically improve Indiana’s current abortion code.

House Bill 1474 requires that Indiana’s pregnancy termination reporting be amended to require that abortions done on girls under the age of 14 be reported to authorities within three days of the abortion in order to streamline the reporting of child sexual abuse. The bill also requires that pregnancy termination reports list the age or estimated age of the father as another provision to help authorities identify potential child sexual abuse.

House Bill 1210 carries multiple provisions including the establishment of the state’s interest in protecting pain-capable unborn children after 20-weeks gestational age, opting-out Indiana from abortion coverage required under state health exchanges under the new federal health law, and a requirement that women considering abortions be given an expanded range of information provided both orally and in writing.

Both bills now move to the Indiana Senate for consideration.

“We applaud the Indiana House and its leadership for taking decisive action in passing these much-need initiatives,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “These bills represent common sense provisions that the vast majority of Hoosiers can agree on. We are confident that the Senate will now take equally swift action in moving this legislation forward.”

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