Indiana Legislature Votes to Extend Conscience Protections to Additional Medical Providers

Measure sent on to Gov. Holcomb

By Dave Andrusko

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb

With abortion advocates gearing up to pass radical pro-abortion bills, passing measures to protect the right of conscience is more important than ever. Currently, in Indiana, physicians and hospital employees can object to participating in abortions for ethical, moral or religious reasons.

Indiana Right to Life send out a notice that Senate Bill 201, which has already passed the Senate, had just passed the House, 69-25. Authored by Sen. Liz Brown, SB 201 would extend conscience protections to other medical providers, including nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists.

The bill has been sent to Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Chemical abortions are on the rise in Indiana, accounting for 36 percent of abortions in 2017. As this type of abortion increases in popularity, more medical providers, including pharmacists, may become involved in abortion.

“This law will send a message to health care providers that they can practice their profession in Indiana without making ethical concessions,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “No one should be forced to participate in the deliberate ending of a child’s life. Sen. Brown’s bill extends important protections to health care providers. We’re pleased the Indiana Senate and House have passed SB 201 and we urge Gov. Eric Holcomb to sign it into law.”

SB 201 was authored by Sen. Liz Brown with co-authors Sens. Linda Rogers, Travis Holdman, Dennis Kruse, Eric Bassler, John Crane , Ron Grooms and Jim Tomes in the Senate.

SB 201 was sponsored in the House by Reps. Ron Bacon, Christy Stutzman, Peggy Mayfield, Chris Judy, Dave Heine, Martin Carbaugh, Ben Smaltz, Matt Hostettler, Dennis Zent, J.D. Prescott, Jim Lucas, David Abbott, Ryan Lauer, Shane Lindauer, Jeff Thompson, and Tim Wesco.