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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - Bill to ban abortions sought due to the gender or disability of a fetus passes Indiana Senate

Chelsea.Schneider of the Indianapolis Star has this story on SB 313, updating an earlier story from Jan. 28:

A controversial effort to ban abortions sought due to the gender or disability of a fetus passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.

A similar proposal died during last year’s legislative session. But its key supporters said bringing back the proposed abortion restrictions this year was important to preserve human life.

The measure cleared the Senate by a 35-14 vote, with four Republicans joining Senate Democrats in opposing the new restrictions. They argued supporters of the bill weren’t taking into account the costs associated with raising a child with a disability and that the possible unconstitutional restrictions stomped on women’s rights.

Sen. Jean Breaux, an Indianapolis Democrat, said the bill was driven by politics and an agenda to end access to abortions for women.

“Abortion remains a deeply personal and sometimes very complex decision that must be left to the woman, her family and her faith,” Breaux said.

However, one of Senate Bill 313’s authors, Sen. Travis Holdman, a Markle Republican, said the bill “sends one clear message to the nation and to our fellow Hoosiers and that is that we value human life.”

The proposal would ban abortions if the reason a woman seeks one is “solely” because of the sex of a fetus or because a fetus is diagnosed, or potentially diagnosed, with Down syndrome or another genetically-inherited disease.

It also would make the sale of fetal tissue a Level 5 felony and require parents whose fetus is diagnosed with a “lethal fetal anomaly,” meaning the baby would not live longer than three months after birth, to receive information about perinatal hospice. However, the bill wouldn't restrict a woman from receiving an abortion if her fetus has a "lethal fetal anomaly."

State law currently restricts most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Before then, abortions are legal and a woman is not required to give a reason for seeking the procedure.

The measure now goes to the House where the proposal died last year.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 3, 2016 08:59 AM
Posted to Indiana Government