Urgent legislative alert

February 19, 2013

Urgent Alert: Contact Senate Health & Provider Services Committee Members to Support Pro-Life Legislation

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20, the Indiana Senate Health & Provider Services Committee will hear two pro-life bills strongly supported by Indiana Right to Life. They will consider:

SB 371 by Sen. Travis Holdman (District 19) regulates chemical (medical) abortion facilities so they meet the same requirements as surgical abortion facilities.      

SB 489 by Sen. Michael Young (District 35) reaffirms and strengthens language that a woman shall view an ultrasound and shall hear the fetal heart tone unless she certifies in writing that she declines.

If passed into law, SB 371 will have an immediate effect on one abortion facility in Indiana. Currently, Planned Parenthood in Lafayette performs chemical abortions without being licensed by the state. SB 371 will require this facility to follow the same health and safety standards as surgical centers. It also assures that the facility follows the 18-hour rule, informed consent and other existing requirements for abortion in the state of Indiana.

The measures in SB 489 are already largely in current law, but worded differently in several different places in the law. Indiana Right to Life is aware that there is no compliance review to assure that a woman is viewing an ultrasound image before receiving an abortion unless she declines in writing. SB489 clarifies and strengthens this citation in the law, as well as assures compliance mechanisms are in place for state oversight.

These bills have to pass committee tomorrow before they can be voted on in the full Senate. You can help.

Members on the Senate Health & Provider Services Committee need to hear how their constituents feel about these bills. Especially if you live in the district of a committee member, please contact your senator and urge him or her to vote “YES” on SB 371 and SB 489.

Senate Health & Provider Services Committee Members:

Sen. Patricia Miller, Committee Chair (District 32) Sen. Ed Charbonneau (District 5) Sen. Vaneta Becker (District 50) Sen. Rodric Bray (District 37) Sen. Ron Grooms (District 46) Sen. Jean Leising (District 42) Sen. Pete Miller (District 24) Sen. Ryan Mishler (District 9) Sen. Jean Breaux (District 34) Sen. Frank Mrvan (District 1) Sen. Mark Stoops (District 40) Sen. Greg Taylor (District 33)

You can reach your senator through the Senate switchboard: (317) 232-9400 or (800) 382-9467. You can also email members by clicking here.

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