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Bill Strengthening Parental Rights When a Minor Seeks an Abortion Passes Senate

February 28, 2017

SB 404 Passed by a Vote of 36-13

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 404 by a vote of 36-13. Authored by Sen. Erin Houchin (District 47), SB 404 strengthens current Indiana law regarding parental rights when a minor seeks an abortion. This bill will require abortion providers to obtain proof of consent from a parent or legal guardian when a minor daughter gets an abortion. This bill gives parents and legal guardians a civil recourse if someone fraudulently poses as a parent in order for a minor girl to get an abortion. It also involves parents if a minor appears before a judge in order to get an abortion without parental consent.

SB 404 also changes the requirement to report underage abortions to the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Department of Child Services from the current law of “less than 14 years of age” to minor girls “less than 16 years of age.” Finally, it provides women information and help if they are being coerced into an abortion or sexually trafficked.

“The Indiana Senate wisely voted to advance SB 404 and strengthen parental rights in Indiana,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Indiana Right to Life Vice President of Public Affairs. “The decision by a minor girl to pursue an abortion will significantly impact her life and her health. Parents of a minor have a right to be involved in that decision and this bill will give them legal recourse should someone impersonate them.

“We’re also pleased that SB 404 aligns underage abortion reporting requirements with Indiana’s age of consent. If abortion providers are concerned about the health of their youngest customers, then they should have no issues in alerting the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Department of Child Services in a timely fashion when a girl under 16 seeks an abortion. We also believe women being coerced into an abortion or sexually trafficked will be aided by this bill.”

Four Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill. They were Sens. Vaneta Becker (District 50), Mike Bohacek (District 8), Phil Boots (District 23) and Susan Glick (District 13).

Sen. Houchin testifying on SB 404

Sen. Houchin testifying on SB 404

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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Abortion Pill Reversal Information Bill Passes Indiana House

February 27, 2017

Passed Indiana House by a vote of 53-41

INDIANAPOLIS – Today House Bill (HB) 1128 passed the Indiana House of Representatives by a vote of 53-41. Authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (District 75), HB 1128 notifies Hoosier women that a chemical abortion may be able to be reversed if she changes her mind shortly after beginning the abortion.

HB 1128 also makes minor changes to the state’s termination of pregnancy report, strengthens health and safety standards at abortion facilities and provides help to women being sexually trafficked.

“There are babies in Indiana alive today because their mothers regretted starting a chemical abortion,” said Sue Swazye Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “We are pleased HB 1128 passed the Indiana House and we will advocate strongly for its passage in the Indiana Senate. The main goal of HB 1128 is to provide information. We thank the hundreds of Hoosiers who contacted their Indiana representatives to pass HB 1128.”

On Feb. 15, Indiana House Public Policy committee members heard testimony regarding abortion pill reversals. Testifying to the medical science and the success of using an abortion pill reversal protocol were two Indiana doctors, Casey Reising, M.D. of Indianapolis and Christina Francis, M.D. of Fort Wayne. Both have helped women go on to deliver healthy babies after they regretted taking the first pill in the chemical abortion process. Committee members also heard from a woman who participated in the abortion pill reversal process after regretting her decision to abort. She now has a healthy son.

Francis refuted claims that abortion reversal is “junk science” in a column published by the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel today, “The abortion pill reversal protocol involves giving women large doses of progesterone in order to counteract the first pill. Abortion proponents argue any woman wishing to stop her abortion after the first pill should just skip the second pill and do nothing. They say in at least 30 percent of cases her pregnancy will continue. But the abortion pill reversal protocol offers success in at least 60 percent of cases; shouldn’t women be aware that treatment using progesterone to reverse an abortion exists?

“Progesterone is safe. It’s been studied. In fact, the founder of the Abortion Reversal Network, Dr. George Delgado, applied to his Institutional Review Board for approval to do a research study on the abortion pill reversal protocol. He was told that was unnecessary. Approval isn’t needed because progesterone is not an experimental drug. The forms of progesterone being used in abortion pill reversal are already FDA-approved for use throughout pregnancy.”

The roll call of the House vote on HB 1128 is available here: http://iga.in.gov/documents/26395b94.

Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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Rep. Ron Bacon, author of HB 1128

 

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Indiana Senate Committee Advances Bill to Strengthen Parental Rights When a Minor Seeks an Abortion

February 22, 2017

Senate Bill 404 Passed the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee, 6-4

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on and passed Senate Bill (SB) 404 by a vote of 6-4. SB 404 strengthens current Indiana law regarding parental rights when a minor daughter seeks an abortion. Authored by Sen. Erin Houchin (District 47), this bill will require abortion providers to obtain proof of consent from a parent or legal guardian when a minor daughter gets an abortion. This bill gives parents and legal guardians a civil recourse if someone fraudulently poses as a parent in order for a minor girl to get an abortion. It also gives parents notice if their daughter seeks a judicial bypass hearing in order to get an abortion without their consent.

SB 404 also changes the requirement to report underage abortions to the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Department of Child Services from the current law of “less than 14 years of age” to minor girls “less than 16 years of age.” Finally, it provides women information and help if they are being coerced into an abortion or sexually trafficked.

“Senate Bill 404 strengthens parental consent provisions already on the books if their minor daughter seeks an abortion,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “Parents and legal guardians have a right to be involved in major decisions affecting their child’s health and future. Today committee members also heard emotional testimony about a lack of recourse for parents if they discover another adult helped their minor daughter obtain an abortion. SB 404 does not prohibit trusted adults from sharing information about abortion, parenting or adoption. Rather, it ensures parents are involved in the life-changing decision when their minor daughter seeks an abortion.”

Voting for SB 404 were Senators Rodric Bray (District 37), Michael Young (District 35), Michael Delph (District 29), Aaron Freeman (District 32), Eric Koch (District 44) and Joseph Zakas (District 11). Voting against SB 404 were Senators Susan Glick (District 13), Lonnie Randolph (District 2), Timothy Lanane (District 25) and Greg Taylor (Distict 33).

SB 404 is now eligible for second reading in the Indiana Senate.

Sen. Houchin testifying on SB 404

Sen. Houchin testifying on SB 404

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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ACTIVISM ALERT: Tell Your Rep to Vote YES on Abortion Pill Reversal Bill

February 21, 2017

Babies in Indiana are alive today because of chemical abortion reversal! House Bill 1128 gives women abortion pill reversal information. If a woman changes her mind shortly after taking the first abortion pill, it might not be too late to save her baby. But most women don’t know this information.

Take action TODAY and tell your Indiana representative to vote YES on HB 1128. Making the call is easy! A child’s life and a woman’s future might depend on your call! We need HB 1128 to pass the House as-is!

Visit this link now to contact your representative: http://p2a.co/CjyTqI1

Pregnant woman on white background

More about HB 1128: Authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (IN-75), HB 1128 increases informed consent for women seeking a chemical abortion in Indiana by notifying them that this type of abortion procedure may be able to be reversed or stopped. Amendments to HB 1128 also make minor changes to the state’s termination of pregnancy report, strengthen health and safety standards at abortion facilities and work to help women being sexually trafficked.

In committee, Indiana House members heard from two Indiana doctors, Casey Reising, M.D. of Indianapolis and Christina Francis, M.D. of Fort Wayne. Both have helped women go on to deliver healthy babies after they regretted taking the first pill in the chemical abortion process. Committee members also heard from an Indiana woman who participated in the abortion pill reversal process after regretting her decision to abort. She now has a healthy son.

Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.

 

Pro-Life Indiana U.S. Reps. Pass Measure to Overturn Obama Abortion Funding Rule

February 16, 2017

Measure Overturns Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure, 230-188, that overturns an Obama administration rule forcing states to fund abortion providers with taxpayer dollars. Indiana’s seven pro-life U.S. representatives voted to advance the measure and protect taxpayers – Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Jim Banks (IN-3), Todd Rokita (IN-2), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Luke Messer (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9).

“States should not be forced to fund the abortion industry against their will,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We thank the seven Indiana representatives who agree with the majority of their constituents that taxpayer dollars should not flow to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood.”

H.J. Res. 43 is now eligible for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Indiana Right to Life previously spoke in favor of an identical measure, H.J. Res. 39, sponsored by Indiana representative, Luke Messer, and cosponsored by 140 of his colleagues.
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Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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