(Indianapolis, Ind.) – With Republicans controlling both chambers at the Indiana Statehouse, social conservatives are hoping to push through new restrictions on abortion.
According to the Indianapolis Star, three new bills seek to make the state’s abortion laws some of the strictest in the nation.
House Bill 1210 by State Rep. Eric Turner (R-Marion) would make abortions illegal after 20 weeks except to preserve the life of the woman. It would also require doctors to tell mothers seeking an abortion that the fetus could feel pain.
Other provisions in the bill would require a pregnant woman looking to abortion to first view an ultrasound image of the fetus. Doctors performing abortions would also be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital in the county or adjacent county where the abortion is performed.
The bill passed the House Public Policy Committee on an 8-4 vote Thursday and now heads to the full House for a vote.
"This legislation profoundly intrudes on Hoosier women's private medical decisions," said Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum. "This legislation makes government bigger and more intrusive, after an election that said voters want less of it."
Similar to Turner’s House legislation, Senate Bill 328 also passed out of a Senate committee Thursday.
A third bill – House Bill 1205 – would cut off federal Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana or any other entity that performs abortions. It also passed the committee 7-3 and heads to the full House.
"This bill would cut off health care to 22,000 low-income women and men who depend on it from a provider they trust. It makes no sense. It defies logic," Cockrum said.
A statement on Planned Parenthood’s website said of the Medicaid funding that “not a penny is used for abortions,” but for Pap tests, birth control, and treatment of STDs.