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Infant Mortality ? Governor Holcomb SB 340 contradicts your Priority

Please veto SB 340.  It violates your own  priorities.

The Legislature discussed the  impending  court challenges  to SB 340 -abortion regulations. No-one mentioned  additional challenges for the added section on  new born safety devices in policies.

By the way the only  organization to deem them safe is Indiana’s General Assembly. There is a reason these devices are only in one state.

A handful of Legislators seemed to grasp the danger in codifying their colleagues medical opinion . They are in good company with

  1. Indiana Mortality Review Committee
  2. Dr. Jerome Adams
  3.  Department of Children Services
  4. State Department of Health

The above, and others, stated they would not endorse these, and most  cite their concerns for an unregulated device . 

It seems the authors’ ears perked up when they started hearing the unconstitutionality of the bill.  Alas their hearing was selective as evidenced by this adding  IF THE BOXES FAIL YOU CANT HOLD US LIABLE.  Answer the Clue phone Indiana- there is a reason no other State has them, and many countries outlaw them.

I believed your  State of The State address   regarding Indiana’s health statistics and a need to do better, Governor Holcomb.

But in SB 340 The Department of Health will have to divert funds from other programs – to do paperwork.   The money from implementing unnecessary  forms, and repeated paperwork plus the millions  Indiana will lose on lawsuits could be used for disparity in maternal health, accessible reproductive care, and more.

Speaking of health, as a Chaplain  my priority is how health  events affect spiritual health. There is no minor procedure, all bring a level of anxiety. I cant understand why Senators Liz Brown, Michael Young, or Travis Holdman  would initiate this legislation .Do they not comprehend the choice for abortion is often medical ? Why would you mandate physicians to tell  a woman about Safe Haven laws, and adoption when their pregnancy isn’t viable?  Or to give  false statements as to when a fetus feels pain?  You really  have that low an opinion of women that they didn’t think this  through?

SB 340  is  a deliberately  cruel  action by Legislators part. Oh but remember they absolved themselves as it is the physicians who will violate the oath to do no harm.

Indiana Legislators about to make their medical opinion the law

SB 340   will be heard on the House floor this afternoon. There is still time to remind/alert Representatives  that the  bill is unethical, damages Safe Haven laws,  and forces physicians to give false medical advice or face charges. And it will be challenged .

What the bill does, is- wait- forgot to add we’ve already given over 5 million to ACLU from last two court battles.

Before a woman   has the hysterectomy,  ( yes , now they’re regulating hysterectomies), the physician needs to follow a list of what the Legislator’s medical advice. The patient   needs to sign off on it and she has to write a “Dear Woman’s Committee- ” letter that she was told  all their advice, including  her assistance checks would’t be cut off if she refused the hysterectomy that she needs. (?) And yessss she  knows she wont have the parts to get pregnant, and  always good when a DOCTOR is forced to tell you how much this will cost.

Now if its an abortion, there are 10 pages of questions to fill out.

Enough sarcasm- the legislation is bullshit. Legislators of  my State convinced the Moratorium Review Board this was an emergency , and their colleagues in the Senate to ignore every health agency’s statement on the dangers of the unregulated  baby box devices. Not only that , but convinced them  to declare   them safe and add this to   Safe Haven law.  THE   BILL AMENDMENT STATES IF THE BOXES FAIL YOU CANT HOLD US LIABLE.  There is a reason  no other state has them.

Our Infant Mortality rate  has remained in top 7 for years… Governor Holcomb in  his State of the State address cited this as  a priority,  Indiana Mortality Review Committee, Dr. Jerome Adams,  the   Department of Children Services, the State Department of Health, 2 years ago stated they would not endorse them.

There is so much more. The Department of Health will have to divert funds from other programs – to do paperwork, That money, plus the millions on lawsuits could be used for disparity in maternal health, accessible reproductive care, and more.

As a Chaplain  I  often minister with  women facing procedures, Nothing is minor. I cant understand how Sen. Liz Brown or Rep, Borders  or   my Senators would pass  this law? Do they not know women have abortions for medical reasons? Why would you mandate physicians to tell her about Safe Haven laws? Adoption? Or give false statements as to when a fetus feels pain? Or remind them they  can carrying to term? You really  have that low an opinion of women that they didn’t think this  through?

As to the hysterectomy?  Most times that is a very emotional decision. Many want to have more children- or they  aren’t ready to  end that possibility.  But  there are health issues- disorders- and for many reasons they need a hysterectomy.  Where is the holiness in mandating  physicians  to remind women – several times- that they’ll be infertile. To remind them of the cost.  And have them write  a letter about it,

Holiness- yes  I know law and religion  are separate,   SB 340  is deliberate cruelty  on Legislators part- but they absolve themselves and have it delivered through the one who took oath to do no harm.