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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