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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - "Abortion measure advances: Adds regulations on minors"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today on the House passage yesterday of SB 404:

Indiana lawmakers placed more regulations on minors seeking abortions under a bill passed 75-23 by the Indiana House on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 404 initially had more roadblocks on the process to getting an abortion when under the age of 18 but the House made numerous changes. In the end, seven Democrats joined 68 Republicans in passing the measure. In general, it tries to ensure more parental notification and involvement when minors seek an abortion.

β€œI'm not a lawyer. We can parse words, but I want to talk about policy,” said Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne. β€œAt the end of the day, is it good policy? I think 404 is good policy. We pass bills every day that someone doesn't like and threatens to sue. This bill is drafted very tightly.”

The chamber initially started debating the bill Monday, but House Speaker Brian Bosma stopped the discussion when Rep. Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville, had trouble answering questions on the legislation.

Read the story to better understand the complexities of the bill.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 5, 2017 10:34 AM
Posted to Indiana Government