March 30, 2016

Indiana passes anti-abortion bill

huffington Post - The Indiana state legislature quietly passed an abortion law that presents women with new and unusual obstacles if they are seeking the procedure.

The bill, HB 1337, could set a precedent for similar laws in states throughout the country.

Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP, stipulations impose regulations on physicians that perform abortions that are disproportionate to the laws other medical doctors face.

Among these are provisions that require women to view an ultrasound of a fetus and listen to its heartbeat 18 hours before deciding whether to have an abortion. Of Indiana’s 92 counties, only four have abortion clinics, making the trips costly and time-consuming.

Additional stipulations require women to pay for the cremation and burial of an aborted fetus and bars women from receiving the procedure because of “race, color, national origin, national ancestry, or sex of the fetus; or a diagnosis or potential diagnosis having Down Syndrome or any other disability.”

Doctors, who perform abortions under these circumstances, can be sued for wrongful death, placing a serious wedge between physicians and patients who may be interested in or require the procedure.

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