Pro-Life Bills Pass Indiana Senate

February 26, 2013

SB 371 Corrects a Major Safety Issue

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana Senate passed two bills supported by Indiana Right to Life, SB 489 and SB 371. SB 489 allows a woman seeking an abortion to opt out of hearing the fetal heart tone and seeing an ultrasound of her preborn baby prior to termination and it provides her with medical information about the abortion procedure. SB 371 corrects a major oversight in Indiana law by requiring health and safety standards at chemical abortion facilities. Both bills now go to the Indiana House for consideration.

Currently, chemical abortions are being performed at Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette facility without any state inspection or licensing requirements. This means that no one at the Indiana State Department of Health knows if a doctor is present at the Lafayette Planned Parenthood facility, how the gestational age and position of the baby in the uterus is being determined, if abortions on girls under 14 are being reported to child protective services or if the structure of the building allows ambulance crews to access a patient in the unfortunate case of an emergency.

Abortion-inducing drugs carry serious risks as detailed by the manufacturer and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. As of April 2011 according to the FDA, 14 U.S. women died after a chemical abortion and more than two thousand adverse chemical abortion complications have been reported.

SB 371’s requirement that abortion providers perform an ultrasound before doing a chemical abortion is a safeguard against the next chemical abortion death occurring in Indiana. An ultrasound verifies the unborn baby is less than 9 weeks old and that it is not an ectopic, or “tubal,” pregnancy. Taking an abortion-inducing drug while experiencing an ectopic pregnancy will rapidly lead to a life-threatening situation.

“We thank our senators for addressing a major issue for women’s health and safety,” said Becky Rogness, Communications Director for Indiana Right to Life. “SB 371 will require Planned Parenthood in Lafayette to become a licensed abortion facility like other Indiana abortion facilities. Once SB 371 is signed into law, abortion-seeking women will not have to wonder if basic standards in care are being met. Lawmakers are not ‘playing doctor’ as some have claimed but are rather correcting a flaw in current law. This legislation also prevents new chemical abortion facilities from opening for business without being regulated and licensed.

“SB 371 requires a common sense ultrasound to be performed before the abortion. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, ultrasounds are already performed by them as part of their chemical abortion protocol so it’s surprising they oppose this requirement in SB 371. Furthermore, SB 371 does not mandate what type of ultrasound is performed. The doctor performing the abortion will decide what type of ultrasound is most effective.”

Indiana Right to Life recently produced a video with Indiana OBGYN, Dr. Geoffrey Cly, explaining that either a vaginal or abdominal ultrasound can determine the location of the preborn baby in an early pregnancy.

SB 371 passed the Indiana Senate by a vote of 33 to 16. SB 489 passed by a vote of 40 to 10.

Click here for the FDA’s Adverse Events Summary through April 30, 2011.

Click here to watch Dr. Geoffrey Cly, OBGYN explain ectopic pregnancies and the different types of ultrasounds.

Urgent Alert: Urge Your Senator to Vote “Yes” on Pro-Life SB 371 & SB 489

February 25, 2013

On Tuesday, February 26 the Indiana Senate will vote on Senate Bills 371 and 489. Both bills are important measures for the culture of life in Indiana. You need to help ensure these bills pass by contacting your senator and urging “Yes” votes on SB 371 and SB 489.

If SB 371 doesn’t pass, Planned Parenthood in Lafayette will be able to continue doing chemical abortions at an unlicensed and uninspected facility. Currently, Planned Parenthood in Lafayette offers chemical abortions but not even the Indiana State Department of Health knows if:

  • Planned Parenthood has a doctor present
  • An ambulance and its crew would be able to access a patient in case of an emergency
  • An ultrasound is performed prior to the chemical abortion to verify the location of the pregnancy and the gestational age.
  • Other Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines are being met

Planned Parenthood and its friends have been trying a tactic in Indiana to defeat SB 371 that worked for the abortion industry in another state. They claim SB 371 requires an invasive procedure that equals “state rape.” Planned Parenthood wants Hoosier lawmakers to fall prey to their tactics.

In reality, SB 371 does not require an invasive procedure. SB 371 emphasizes women’s health and safety. It requires an ultrasound before a chemical abortion – surgical abortion procedures must include a prior ultrasound too – but the bill doesn’t mandate a certain type of ultrasound.

An ultrasound is medically necessary to ensure the pregnancy is not ectopic, or “tubal.” Giving an abortion-inducing drug to a woman experiencing an ectopic pregnancy will result in a life-threatening situation. You can learn more about the risks and the ultrasound types by watching this video with Fort Wayne Ob/Gyn Dr. Geoffrey Cly.

If you find it appalling that Planned Parenthood is trying to defeat a bill that raises the standards for health and safety, take a moment to contact your Senator and urge a “yes” vote.

The other bill, SB 489, gives the woman more information as she makes a decision that forever affects two lives. SB 489 requires an ultrasound be shown and fetal heart tones be made audible unless the woman opts out in writing. Additionally, the woman will be given medically-accurate information produced by the Indiana State Department of Health about abortion and fetal development.

Your senator needs to hear that you support SB 371 and SB 489.

Allowing these bills to fail in the Indiana Senate is simply not an option. You have to act today.

Please contact your Senator by phone, email, Facebook or Twitter. You can find your Senator here.

Switchboard: (317) 232-9400 or (800) 382-9467
Email: Click here.
Twitter: Click here for Senate Republicans on Twitter and click here for Senate Democrats on Twitter

Thank you for standing with us as we defend life in Indiana.

The Truth About Ultrasounds in Indiana’s SB 371

February 24, 2013

An important bill, SB 371, is up for a vote in the Indiana Senate. This bill would require chemical abortion facilities to meet the same criteria as surgical abortion facilities. Planned Parenthood and their allies are outraged that SB 371 requires an ultrasound before the abortion-inducing drug is administered. They would have you believe that ultrasounds are medically unnecessary before taking an abortion-inducing drug. However, 2% of pregnancies are ectopic, a high-risk condition. Taking an abortion-inducing drug while experiencing an ectopic pregnancy is highly dangerous to the woman. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood wants you to believe that SB 371 requires a certain type of ultrasound. SB 371 does not require a type of ultrasound, and as Dr. Geoffrey Cly, Ob/Gyn, in this video explains, either an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound would suffice for finding out if the pregnancy is ectopic. But, he says, it’s up to the doctor administering the drug.

Indiana Businesses Comply with Licensing Requirements; Why Not Planned Parenthood?

February 23, 2013

Hair styling, plumbing and auctioneering. These three industries have something in common: they all require licensing by the State of Indiana.

Licensing exists to ensure health and safety standards are met. Customers visiting businesses in Indiana expect licenses are current and basic protocols are met.

Surprisingly though, Planned Parenthood in Lafayette is doing abortions without a license. Since it’s not licensed, it’s not inspected to do abortions either.

According to termination of pregnancy reports filed with the state, Planned Parenthood did the first-ever recorded abortions in Tippecanoe County in 2010. That year they did 36 abortions. In 2011, the number jumped to 78 abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s website lists Lafayette as a medical abortion site. This means they are doing RU-486 abortions, a procedure with serious risks involved.

The State of Indiana defines abortion as “the termination of human pregnancy with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus.”

There is no question that Lafayette’s Planned Parenthood is doing abortions under the state definition of “abortion.” The question we’re left with is: why is Lafayette’s Planned Parenthood not licensed as an abortion clinic?

The answer may lie in an apparent discrepancy in the state’s definition of an abortion clinic. The legal definition is, “a freestanding entity that performs surgical abortion procedures.”

Planned Parenthood is taking advantage of a conflict within Indiana law in order to expand its abortion business. Lafayette’s Planned Parenthood is the only abortion clinic in the state – that we’re aware of – operating without a license.

The revelation that abortions are occurring in Indiana without a license is very concerning.

How can women seeking abortions know basic state standards for health and safety are being met if Planned Parenthood in Lafayette isn’t licensed or inspected?

Furthermore, state law requires that certain criteria be met when abortions are performed. How can the public know if women are told about the risks of an RU-486 abortion, if abortions on girls under 14 are being reported to child services, or if local hospital admitting privilege requirements are being met, if it’s not licensed?

Unfortunately, no one knows the answer to these questions except Planned Parenthood.

Senate Bill 371, expected to be voted on in the Indiana Senate, would require any abortion facility providing only an abortion-inducing drug to meet the same requirements as other Indiana abortion facilities.

This bill needs to pass. Residents of Lafayette shouldn’t have to wonder what is going on at Planned Parenthood and women of Lafayette need to know that Planned Parenthood can prove they meet standards for basic health and safety.

If Planned Parenthood believes they already meet state requirements, we urge them to settle this publicly and apply for a license. The application is only four pages long and readily available on the Indiana State Department of Health website.

Some opposers to SB 371 claim Planned Parenthood would have to widen their doorways (a standard width in medical facilities allows a gurney to be rolled in, in the unfortunately case of a medical emergency). But we haven’t seen reports of what Planned Parenthood’s doorway width actually is. Perhaps Planned Parenthood already meets the width. The problem is, no one knows for sure. And yet, they continue to do abortions.

Planned Parenthood deserves no exemption from state licensing requirements. It’s time they get a license like hardworking barbers, plumbers and auctioneers have. Women’s health depends on it.

Testimony: “RU486 is not a simple solution to a problem”

February 22, 2013

The following testimony was read at the Feb. 20 Indiana Senate Health and Provider Services Hearing. It was written by a woman who took an abortion-inducing drug to end her pregnancy:

Leslie, woman who took abortion inducing drug

Leslie

It is a bittersweet thing to share a piece of my story with you. I was 21 years old when I took the “abortion pill” (RU486) nearly six years ago. Nothing could have prepared me for what I would experience, or the emotional pain that I would carry for years.

I had always vowed as a young teen to never have sex before marriage, yet choices I made along the way and half-hearted convictions led me to choose to be sexually active. Over the course of five years I had gone to a clinic three times and took the “morning after pill”. It was painful yet bearable, and the only thing I thought was abnormal about it was that my period came faster and the cramps hurt more. At the clinic they always reassured me that it was safe and therefore I trusted them.

Since I trusted the clinic for years and had taken the morning after pill a few times without problems I chose the same clinic to go to for counsel when I found out I was pregnant. I was still completely against abortion at that time and was certain that I could never have a surgical abortion because I knew if they had to perform surgery that meant it really was a baby not just a blob of tissue as they referred to it. When I got counsel from the clinic they told me about the abortion pill and how “simple” it was and that you didn’t have to go through surgery, but that you would have a heavy period instead.

I wish I could remember all the details of what was said or what wasn’t said, but I don’t. I just remember that I was confused and really wanted someone to help me make the best decision, nobody ever told me that I could carry my baby if I wanted, they just kept giving me options about abortion procedures. I was told RU486 would be like a really heavy period and that I would have some severe cramping that would last a couple days, they even prescribed me pain medication for when the cramping got severe. To me it sounded a lot like the morning after pill, except you could take it up to ten weeks (which I was told, however the FDA says it can only be up to eight weeks). So I chose the abortion pill, it was the only one that seemed safe to me, and I again was reassured that it was.

I took the first set of pills at the clinic and then the next day took the last pills. I rented a hotel room the day I went to the clinic because I was ashamed of what I was doing and couldn’t imagine going through with the abortion at home. I didn’t have any problems at the hotel so I decided to go back home the next day. It was the second day that I experienced the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. The experience wasn’t just a heavy period. I was bleeding like I never knew possible. And the cramps were not just severe I thought I was dying because they were so intense. I was crying hysterically and begging to die because the pain was more than I could handle. I was sweating like crazy and on the toilet while throwing up too. I was in my bed for a day straight and told my family members that I was extremely sick feeling too ashamed to tell what really was happening. My younger siblings were scared and stayed away from me because of how I was acting. I was alone, and afraid, yet too ashamed to share.

It was the third day when I finally had enough energy to shower. I felt so dirty and shameful that I couldn’t wait to clean myself. It was the first time I had stood for more than a minute and I was starting to feel a little bit better by then. I got about halfway through my shower when I started to bleed again. I bled so much that it clogged the drain. It was in that moment, me trying to cleanse myself from my sin of the abortion that the truth was exposed. It was the “blood clot” or the “blob of tissue” that the clinic talked about. It was my baby that was clogging the drain of the shower. I had to turn off the water, get out and clean it up myself and then I flushed it down the toilet. It was even more horrifying than it sounds. This was all done in my own home, in the family bathroom, the family shower, the home where I had to live after this experience.

The emotional pain this caused made it almost unbearable to be at home after that. I hated showering and I hated sleeping in my bed, I hated being around my family, I didn’t want to be there anymore and tried my best to avoid being home. I immediately felt a loss. I didn’t want to hear people mention the word baby, I didn’t want to see babies, the sight of a baby caused me to nearly break down. I lived in denial for a period after that trying to pretend that nothing happened and that I was ok. It was in that time that Jesus found me. At my lowest and darkest point, he drew me closer to himself. I am only able to share my story with you now because I know that he has set me free and cleansed me.

RU486 is not a simple solution to a problem. It is a horrible drug and if it is made more readily available to young girls especially they will have similar stories as mine. I hate that they say it’s safe, I hate that they say it’s simple, I hate that they don’t tell you what you will really experience, I hate that they don’t care about your heart and the emotional affects it has on you. I hate that the truth is not being told. The truth is that RU486 is murder and it is not only destroying the lives of babies, but the lives of women. I am sick and tired of women being manipulated and lied to. The effects of having to go through an abortion at home are huge. The safest place one should have is home and to experience the worst thing of your life at home is a nightmare.

No one ever called me from the clinic, I never went in for a follow up, there was absolutely no contact from the clinic to me after I gave them my money and left that day. I was a number, not a human being. I am broken because these young girls are going into clinics being fed lies and then are living with the consequences of their actions alone at home. The more this drug is open to the public the more stories of broken women there will be. It is not an easy out, it is the worst pain in the world, and the emotional effects are even more painful.

Thank you for choosing life. Thank you for standing up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Thank you for fighting for women who don’t know the severity that this drug can have. Thank you for listening to my story, I pray that your eyes have been opened a little more to the truth. You’re a blessing to me.

Leslie

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