Indiana Senate passes Senate Bill 328 to dramatically improve Indiana’s informed consent provisions

February 22, 2011

Indianapolis, IN — Indiana Right to Life is applauding the Indiana Senate’s passage today of Senate Bill 328, a bill that will dramatically improve the level of information that women must receive when considering abortion. The bill also contains a provision requiring that doctors who do abortions in Indiana maintain local hospital admitting privileges.

The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Pat Miller, Sen. Dennis Kruse, and Sen. Jim Banks, passed by an overwhelming 39-9 margin.

Among key provisions of the bill is a requirement that informed consent information be delivered in writing and that women receive information on the risks of infection, hemorrhage, breast cancer, infertility, and the unborn child’s ability to feel pain.

The bill now moves to the Indiana House where it is expected to find strong support.

“We applaud the Indiana Senate under the leadership of Senate President Pro-Tempore David Long in moving his important legislation forward,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “We are confident that many more women will choose alternatives to abortion once they receive the information required under this bill. When this bill becomes law, abortion providers will no longer be able to keep women in the dark.”

Indiana Right to Life is urging the House to take quick action in passing SB 328 now that the bill has passed the full Senate.

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