Indiana House OKs historic pro-life bill; legislation now advances to Governor Mitch Daniels

April 27, 2011

Historic pro-life life legislation moved one step closer to becoming law today as the Indiana House formally concurred on House Bill 1210, sending the bill to Governor Mitch Daniels. The provisions contained in the bill will amount to the most substantial block of pro-life legislation passed in Indiana since the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973.

House Bill 1210 contains provisions to end all state-directed funding for businesses that do abortions, to protect pain-capable unborn children beginning at 20 weeks, to opt-out of abortion coverage in any state health exchanges required under the new federal health law, to require that women considering abortion be given full, factual information in writing, and to require doctors who do abortions, or their designees, to maintain local hospital admitting privileges in order to streamline access to emergency care for women injured by abortion.

“This legislation places Indiana on the vanguard of efforts to protect the unborn, to deny public funds to businesses that profit from abortion, and to ensure that women considering abortion have full and factual information about such issues as fetal development and alternatives to abortion,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “We applaud Republican leadership in the House and Senate for its decisive action and will urge Governor Daniels to waste no time in signing these important provisions into law.”

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Indiana Senate approves sweeping pro-life bill, defunds Indiana abortion businesses

April 20, 2011

Indiana Right to Life is applauding the Indiana Senate for Tuesday’s passage of House Bill 1210, a sweeping pro-life bill that removes all state-directed funding from Indiana abortion businesses, protects pain-capable unborn children beginning at 20-weeks, opts-out Indiana from abortion coverage under state health exchanges required under the new federal health law, improves the scope of information provided to women considering abortion, and requires doctors who do abortions to maintain local hospital admitting privileges.

The bill now goes back to the Indiana House for concurrence.

“The Indiana Senate is sending a resounding message that our state is solidly behind policies that respect the sanctity of life,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “This is a monumental day for unborn children, their moms, and for Hoosier taxpayers.”

Indiana Senate unanimous in vote to revise abortion reporting requirements; provisions of bill will better facilitate child sexual abuse reporting in Indiana

April 15, 2011

Indiana Right to Life is applauding the Indiana Senate for yesterday’s passage of House Bill 1474 by a 48-0 vote. The bill carries provisions that Indiana’s abortion reporting requirements be amended to require that any abortion done on a girl under the age of 14 be reported to the department of child services 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 of the father as another provision to help authorities identify potential cases of child sexual abuse.

Another provision of the bill will create a greater degree of accountability for abortion providers in reporting abortions in accordance with state law by requiring that the date the report was received by the state be included on the report. Abortions done in Indiana are required to be reported within six months of the abortion, but current Indiana abortion reports have made that provision virtually unenforceable by failing to provide the date on which the report was received by the state. Each failure to report an abortion in Indiana is a Class B misdemeanor.

“These are positive changes that will better facilitate the reporting of child sexual abuse in Indiana while holding abortion providers accountable for timely reporting of abortions,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.

The bill will now go to Governor Mitch Daniels who is expected to sign the new abortion reporting provisions into law.

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