Abortion IS a Civil Right- even though folks *whisper* it sometimes
Civil rights refer to personal liberty. As in legal medical procedures. Abortion is heavily regulated in our country, and States keep trying to outlaw it. (See the movie “Trapped” and realize how many laws have been passed).
And no state has tried more to infringe their version of religious beliefs via laws restricting Choice. You may have heard that the Indiana General Assembly is not voting on LGBT protections. Well, not for this year. It will be back. It has been in General Assembly for the past decade in varying degrees. But there is that other civil right which is still being debated, with two laws already passing from one house to the other.
SB 313 passed the Senate and is now in the House Committee on Public Policy. Basically this bill criminalizes legal abortion for the reason of disability race, or sex. According to the bills, “a “lethal fetal anomaly” means a fetal condition diagnosed before birth that, if the pregnancy results in a live birth, will with reasonable certainty result in the death of he child not more than three (3) months after the child’s birth.” Yet a disability or disease where the infant will die within a few years is not considered lethal.The bill also provides for Perinatal hospice to supposedly help the woman who wanted to have a legal abortion cope with the emotions of carrying and birthing a baby that will die after 3 months or have a permanent disability.. (No funding for this provided).
So if one of the partners has a genetic marker for a disease, and despite best efforts becomes pregnant, sorry, no legal abortion for you. So choice is taken away. Legal. Medical. Procedure. Here is the link for the committee on Public Policy .
Then there is HB 1337. Which is now in the Health and Provider Services. Included in this bill is verification of credentials and admitting privileges. (admitting Privileges usually demand X amount of admissions—MDs who perform abortions usually admit few patients). But the bill also states that remains of abortions AND miscarriages must be interred or cremated. Most facilities have these in place already. But think about it. A woman miscarries early- less than 10 wks. Non-viable non survivable. But the law now says you need burial arrangements. Senate Committee on Health and Provider services will be voting this week.
The Indiana General Assembly and Governor Pence are quick to use buzzwords: respect, dignity, commitment to life, dedication to protecting religious freedom. RFRA passed on 2 prongs- cupcakes at gay weddings and birth control /fertility/abortion. Please make your voices heard regarding a woman’s autonomy in choosing legal medical options. Time to stop whispering and shaming Choice.