INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI)-House Bill 1577 passed in the house on Wednesday. The bill, if signed into law, will require a medical professional to tell a woman that if she has a chemical abortion she is able to reverse it. However many argue that science isn't backed up by research.
The bill also requires a minor seeking an abortion to have their permission slip signed by a parent or guardian be notarized. Those in opposition to the bill say this could be a potential HIPPA violation. Local state representative Chris Campbell voted against it. She said as a medical professional she couldn't vote for a bill that supports a claim that isn't backed up by the FDA.
"I don't know anywhere else in Indiana code where it dictates a medical procedure that is not FDA approved I feel that that's negligent and very misleading to patients and it can put them at risk," said Democratic State Representative Chris Campbell who represents District 26.
Republican State Representative Sharon Negele who represents District 13 voted in favor of the bill she sent me a statement saying the following.
"Indiana has made substantial progress over the years to support the unborn and newborns, and this legislation is another step forward in our efforts for women to have all the information given to them as they make life-changing decisions. Notarizing of parental consent for minors undergoing an abortion ensures the parents are involved when such a big decision is made, and are not being forced or pressured, which is a common practice among sex traffickers. I will also continue to support policy that promotes education and increased birth control access which can truly impact the reduction of abortion.”
The bill passed 62-25 in the house and it now heads to the Governors desk where many representatives have told me he is expected to sign it. However, testimony during the bill said two other states have passed similar legislation which was struck down by state supreme courts. Those in opposition to the bill expect similar law suits will take place here in Indiana. To read the bill in full click here.