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Indiana Abortion Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

By    |   Friday, 09 October 2015 02:27 PM

Debate about abortion laws has been high in Indiana, which American’s United for Life ranked as No. 7 among the most protective states.

An Indian-American woman living in Indiana became the first woman convicted of feticide, after the death of a 30-week-old fetus she said died after she miscarried — and later dumped in a dumpster, The Washington Post reported.

The woman who was Hindu said she was afraid of telling her family about her pregnancy and said she had a miscarriage. Experts testified that she ended her pregnancy herself. Abortion activists and pro-life supporters spoke out about her conviction.

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"Indiana should not join these countries where young pregnant girls are committing suicide at alarming rates; pregnant women are avoiding medical care for fear that any problem in pregnancy will be reported to law enforcement; and mothers are not only going to jail for having abortions, but also for suffering miscarriages and stillbirths.”
Sara Ainsworth, director of legal advocacy at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, in a statement about the case

"Human beings who look at this case and can’t see the tragedy and the wrongness of killing a born baby have lost sight of the compassion that we should have for each other as human beings. This woman may be in a tragic situation, but being in a tragic situation isn’t an excuse for taking the life of another human being. …We have to, as a society, be able to say we will protect the youngest and most vulnerable of our civilization. It’s a pretty vicious thing when we say you can kill anyone. And to say that it’s a women’s rights issue, to kill the most vulnerable, does that make us more of a woman?”
Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Federalist

Gov. Mike Pence recently signed a law establishing rules for how aborted fetuses can be disposed of in the state, LifeNews.com reported. The law aims to prevent the sale of aborted fetuses.

“Establishing standards brings respect to the woman, abortion staff and the aborted child. These standards require the facility to dispose of the baby’s remains properly, unless the woman chooses to bury her baby. Hoosiers want their government to ensure the bodies of aborted babies are treated with dignity and this law accomplishes that.”
— State Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne), LifeNews.com

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In 2014, the state enacted a law banning private insurance coverage of most abortions. The bill was amended to remove a requirement to make public the names of “backup” doctors who provide abortion clinics with admitting privileges, according to RH Reality Check. The change was intended to protect the doctors from potentially violent protests.

“Regardless of how people feel about the issue of choice, most people do not think it’s OK for these protesters to behave the way that they do. (Legislators) understood that it’s imperative that these doctors, and/or backup doctors, are protected from that kind of behavior.”
Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, RH Reality Check

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