Indiana Governor signs bills banning dismembering living unborn babies and enhancing conscience protections

By Dave Andrusko

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb

On Wednesday Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law House Enrolled Act 1211, which bans the practice of dismembering living unborn children, and Senate Bill 201, which expands Indiana law to extend conscience protections to additional medical providers.

Indiana joins eleven other states in enacting laws that forbid the hideous dismemberment technique in which the abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses steel instruments to dismember the living, unborn baby, piece by bloody piece. Predictably the ACLU warned in advance it would challenge House Enrolled Act 1211 in court.

As NRL News Today reported, The Save Our Children Act has been introduced in the United States House of Representative. It defines “dismemberment abortion” as “knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.”

The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of HB 1211 on a vote of 38-10 as did the House, 71-25.

As it moved its way through the Senate, bill sponsor Sen. Liz Brown said ” [I]n House Bill 1211, we are only restricting a particularly barbaric practice.” Added Senator Sen. Jim Tomes, passing the bill was a chance to take “this ugly stain off our nation’s soul,” and “protect these little babies.”

“Hoosiers spoke up in great numbers against the atrocity of dismemberment abortions this spring,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Legislators listened, and thanks to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s signature, children will be protected from barbaric dismemberment abortions in Indiana. We thank our pro-life elected officials for their leadership.”

Currently physicians and hospital employees can object to participating in abortions for ethical, moral or religious reasons. But SB 201, authored by Sen. Liz Brown, extends conscience protections to other medical providers, including nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists.

”Chemical abortions are on the rise in Indiana,” Fichter shared. “As more women seek chemical abortions that use pills, pharmacists and other health care workers may become unwilling participants in an abortion. Thank you to Sen. Brown for authoring this conscience protection bill. All health care providers must be able to practice their profession in Indiana without helping to end a child’s life against their conscience.”

Both laws would take effect July 1, absent the predicted pro-abortion challenges.