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Senate Committee Approves Tougher Abortion Regulations

first_imgJanuary 29, 2018By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would that would add more reporting and tracking requirements to Indiana’s abortion regulations passed a Senate committee Wednesday.Among the provisions in the 12 pages of Senate Bill 340 are more inspections of abortion clinics, additions to informed consent forms patients must review and sign, and the reporting of complications to the Indiana Department of Health.Those in opposition to the bill said the regulations are unnecessary while those in support saw them as a contribution to the safety of women.Part of the bill mandates an annual inspection of abortion clinics and requires more information from those applying to open clinics. Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, one of the authors of the bill, said it’s important to know what is happening inside clinics.“There’s that infamous abortion doctor in Philadelphia where women died,” Brown said. “We’d want to know if there’s a physician out there who are killing women because of surgical complications or administering medicine improperly.”Lynne Bunch, the vice president of patient services at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said the legislation is not about safety and the bill would eliminate the safe access to abortion.“Decades of data also show abortion in the United States is one of the safest procedures in medicine,” Bunch said. “Please do not set up a system whereby the avenue to safe legal abortion is prevented with more hurdles and will eventually eliminate it.”Christina Francis, an anti-abortion OB-GYN from Fort Wayne, said the complications that arise from abortions often go unreported, making informed consent difficult.Christina Francis, an OB-GYN from Fort Wayne, discusses women’s health in favor of Senate Bill 340.Photo by Kirsten“Unfortunately, many abortion providers report a complication rate of zero or nearly zero, but this is only because many of them do not see their own complications,” Francis said. “Many women present themselves to a local emergency room, and their complications are not tied back to their abortions.”Sue Swayze of Indiana Right to Life said they have been working for years to get regulations on reporting complications.SB 340 identifies by name 27 possible complications that the bill says can be linked back to abortions. The bill adds a number of questions that must be asked of patients who show up in the hospital with any of the complications, which must be reported to the health department.Haylee Brannon, who had an abortion, said the list of psychological and physical complications to report is meant to shame women who have had one.Haylee Brannon shares her abortion story and opposition to Senate Bill 340.Photo by Kirsten“I would have reported how mentally and emotionally exhausting it was to jump through so many hoops in order to obtain a procedure I knew I was certain I wanted and I knew was 99 percent safe,” Brannon said. “I would have reported that the only trauma I endured was from pulling into clinic lined with protestors waving posters of dead babies.”Another provision expands informed consent, requiring physicians to tell women of alternatives such as the Safe Haven law. This law allows a person to anonymously surrender an infant to an emergency services establishment without risk of arrest or prosecution.Physicians must also provide all information about the medication before prescribing an abortion-inducing drug, which is more commonly used today.Swayze said the drug regulation is important because it is currently not as regulated and women are four times more likely to experience a complication if they take an abortion-inducing pill.“I don’t want them to not understand the chemical activity that is going to be happening in their body,” Swayze said.The bill passed in a 6-1 vote. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, was the only member in opposition to the bill. He said the bill is unconstitutional and takes away the right of women to choose.“This is nothing but big brother state government sticking their nose into an area of a person’s life where they have no business knowing about,” Lanane said.FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Pennsylvania man is shot, stabbed following an early-morning home invasion

first_imgSkates left the scene and the female victim called 911, they say. Skates was arrested a short time later when troopers located his vehicle on Elk Lake Drive. (WBNG) — Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale responded to a 911 call on Martin Road in Browndale early Wednesday morning. Police allege that 29-year-old Jesse Lester Skates of Waymart, Pa. entered a residence by breaking a window. They say a female in the house was aowken by the breaking of the window. The male victim was transported to alocal hospital where he remains in intensive care. Despite theseriousness of his injuries, he is expected to survive. When investigating the noise, they say she saw the suspect enter with a rifle and she quickly returned to the bedroom to wake her male companion. Skates is being charged with attemptedhomicide, aggravated assault, burglary, and other charges. He will bearraigned at the Wayne County Courthouse. Skates followed her into the bedroom and after a brief argument, Skates shot a male victim in the face, police said. After a short battle, the rifle was broken and the suspect assaulted the male victim with a pocket knife, slashing his face. last_img read more