INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held a signing ceremony Monday for the aborted fetal remains and prenatal diagnosis information bills. Pence was surrounded by legislators, Hoosiers who testified on the bill, and members of the pro-life community.
The aborted fetal remains bill (SEA 329), establishes rules as to how abortion facilities must dispose of aborted babies and allows the pregnant woman to choose a different method at her own expense (i.e., burial).
As testimony revealed the Indianapolis Planned Parenthood facility was disposing of aborted babies down a drain into the sewer system, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) implemented emergency disposal rules on July 1. The legislation was authored by Sen. Liz Brown (District 15) and sponsored by Rep. Chris Judy (District 83).
“We’re thankful for Gov. Pence’s commitment to the pro-life cause and for the legislators who boldly passed these bills,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The aborted remains bill is especially timely, as Americans pause to consider what becomes of the tiny lives ended in abortion procedures. We believe the aborted remains bill provides dignity to the babies, their mothers and the abortion facility staff.”
The prenatal diagnosis information bill (HEA 1093) directs the ISDH to provide health care providers and parents with positive information regarding Down syndrome and other prenatal diagnoses. The information will provide parents with adequate medical information and information about support organizations.
Several parents who testified in favor of this bill shared that the medical community often insists on abortion when there is a negative prenatal diagnosis. The legislation was authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (District 75) and sponsored by Sen. Ron Grooms (District 46).
“The positive prenatal diagnosis information bill ensures parents are empowered with medically-sound and helpful information when they receive a heartbreaking diagnosis of their unborn child,” Fichter said. “Tragically, up to 90 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. We believe this information will let parents know they have options other than the decision to end their unborn child’s life.”
Both bills passed with bipartisan support.