Thursday, March 10, 2011

Indiana joins the anti-abortion rampage, legislating lies.

Thanks to The Young Turks for turning me onto this story.

Indiana has several new abortion bills before the state legislator. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the things in some of these bills. The link to the senate website is below so you can read them for yourself.

Some would mandate the telling of outright lies like abortions increase the risk of breast cancer, fetuses in the first trimester might feel pain.  
 - HB-1210: Out of committee, in first house
 - SB-0328: Passed first house
 - SB-0457: In committee, first house

Some are just shaming – forcing the mother to see an ultrasound and/or hear the heart beat if there is one. With a little 18 hour delay tactic, which is tossed into several of the bills.
  - SB-0050: In committee, first house

Some are unfunded mandates, requiring the mother to pay for the aforementioned ultrasound.
- SB-0050: In committee, first house

There is, of course, the increasingly popular “conscious clause” not just allowing doctors to refuse treatment but it makes is a criminal act, (Class D felony on second offence) for an employer to take any disciplinary against a doctor or pharmacist that refuses treatment – no exceptions for life of the mother.
 - HB-1228: In committee, first house.

They even have one that simply outlaws them altogether. Not late term, ALL of them.
 - SB-0290: In committee, first house

Cuts any state funding for, and ends all contracts with any entity or facility that performs an abortion – no exceptions. So they don’t want to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, they want to cut funding to any clinic, any hospital that perform abortions.
 - HB-1205: In committee, first house.

This one also requires the doctor to make a metaphysical declaration to the mother - that life begins at conception. Phased differently in two different bills
- SB-0328: Passed first house: “an embryo formed by the fertilization of a human ovum by a human sperm 
immediately begins to divide and grow as human physical life.”
 - SB-0457: In committee, first house:  “That human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”

Honorable mention is SB-0522: prohibition of abortions after 20 weeks.
 My favorite part of this one? “Creates the special litigation defense fund to provide reimbursement of the costs and expenses incurred by the attorney general in defending the constitutionality of this act, and continuously appropriates the fund. Provides for severability of provisions if a court determines that any of the law is unconstitutional, and specifies prior law returns to effect if the amended law is found by the court to be unconstitutional.”

Indiana State Legislature bills under the topic “Abortion”

Reference on fetal pain susceptibility:
 According to Dr. Paul Ranalli,  Vice-President of Canadian Physicians For Life, it is likely 20 weeks before fetus’s can feel pain.

Reference on breast cancer risk:
In 2003 the National Cancer Institute said not only is there no increased risk, they said that taking a baby to full term might ADD to your risk of breast cancer if you are of “late age” and it’s your first child.  

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