No, it’s not RFRA part 2. You see earlier this session Indiana Legislators had the chance to add civil rights protections for LGBT. But they refused to vote on it. So that misnomer of a RFRA “fix” only affects the 11 or so municipalities that have their own Human Rights Ordinances. And Indiana had the opportunity to enact hate crime legislation- we are one of five states not to have this. But again, our Legislators think that Hoosiers value people differently than those from the other 35 states – so no vote there either.
Let’s see… what discrimination could it possibly be? Actually it is related to RFRA., as RFRA was passed on two prongs- gay weddings with cupcakes and businesses going to hell because they offered health insurance that dared to cover reproductive issues. And so RFRA allows for business to not cover, or not serve people who use fertility drugs, want vasectomies, want birth control, want options, want to adopt into their same gender family.
And that brings us to Leap year Monday.
HB 1337 “Abortion Matters” The choice to terminate a pregnancy is legal. It is also in a trap. As in TRAP laws- Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Thee laws put restrictions on clinics and abortion providers but exempt others. Hence the discrimination.
And I am disgusted that Indiana legislators both men and women, Republicans and even some Democrats continue to discriminate against those who hold beliefs different than theirs. Especially when it comes to reproduction. THIS bill goes beyond being AntiChoice. It actually adds to the trauma of women who have a miscarriage or receive news that the fetus has an anomaly.
This bill criminalizes providers who perform an abortion due to fetal anomaly, sex, or race.
The bill defines fetal tissue. (which one would think is a responsibility of the medial community).The bill mandates that said fetal remains from abortion OR miscarriage – must be buried or cremated. According to the bill fetal tissue” includes tissue, organs,or any other part of an aborted fetus. The provider needs to partner with a funeral home. (and no funeral Directors testified either)
It was amended that if a woman receives diagnosis of fatal fetal anomaly ( meaning die with 3 months) she would be offered perinatal hospice, and all that would be explained. Except paying for this is not addressed.
So to recap- women who have a miscarriage or stillbirth already are counseled on their choice to allow the facility to dispose of the fetal tissue/stillbirth or choose a funeral home. This bill mandates it.
Indiana Legislators believe Hoosier women and families are incapable of making a moral and informed choice on their bodies. They may indeed have their own values and religious beliefs, but Legislators are putting into law their values and morality. Legis as Senators Liz Brown, Young, Holdman and Banks, along with Rep. Cox, Macon, Bates and Judy feel women need to pay – literally- to bury a miscarriage. It is a fact miscarriages can resemble a large blood clot. After a women miscarries at home, a surgical procedure is needed to insure no tissue remains. And now that will need to be buried or cremated via licensed Funeral Director.
People of faith realize the added trauma this bill will cause- the threat of prosecution for providers who know their patients history and respect their legal and civil right to choose termination.
And the bill is just bad legislation. During the one hearing which allowed public testimony, questions were asked . Sen. Stoops said “we have constitutional right” to abortion, yet we have religious mandates being proposed as law”, There are many unknowns in the bill. There are aspects of the bill that have been enacted by other states, and are currently in litigation towards Supreme Court.
Scenario: TaySachs is a disease that affects the nervous system. Babies born with this will probably “live” past 3 months, but most die by ages 3-4 yrs. They become paralyzed, cannot respond to stimulation, go blind. It can be diagnosed In Utero . Yet with this bill a woman would be forced to carry to term. Sen Grooms said Hoosiers have exceptional Christianity. Forcing a woman and family to carry a baby for 40 weeks that will die within months when she prefers to terminate is not the Christianity of many clergy or Hoosiers.
And so again, Indiana Legislators talk about values and the “preborn”and will mandate their own values and beliefs on all of us. They will discriminate and trap women who have a civil and legal right to their health decisions. They will ignore the woman who testified about the trauma of this bill as well as ignore people of faith who who hold differing views.
Unless they hear from us. Unless we speak up.
Follow #HB1337 on twitter, Email your legislator. Call. Educate.