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.