Pro-Life Legislation Passes Indiana Senate 36-14, includes Abortion Pill Reversal and Ultrasound Provisions

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life applauds the Indiana Senate for  passage of critical pro-life legislation. House Bill 1577, authored by Rep. Peggy Mayfield and sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Liz Brown, passed the Senate Tuesday by an overwhelming 36-14 margin. After concurrence, the bill will move on to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk.

Indiana State Rep. Peggy Mayfield

Among House Bill 1577 multiple provisions is the requirement that women considering abortion must be informed about the abortion pill reversal (APR) process proven to have saved over 2,000 babies’ lives nationwide. 

The APR process has been proven to have high success rates in reversing chemically-induced abortions when administered after a woman has taken the first pill in a chemical abortion’s two-pill process, but before the second pill is taken. APR can literally be a lifesaver for the unborn babies of women who regret their decision after taking the first pill.

Three Republicans voted no on HB 1577, including Sen. Ron Alting, Sen. Vaneta Becker, and Sen. Phil Boots. See the Senate roll call vote.

Dr. Christina Francis, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob/Gyns (AAPLOG) and a board member of Indiana Right to Life, testified earlier in the week. “If we truly care about women being able to make informed choices, that should include knowing there’s an option if they change their mind,” she said.

Another provision of the bill includes a requirement that women receiving state-required informed consent counseling, at least 18-hours prior to an abortion, and be given a photo of their baby’s ultrasound. In addition, a copy of the photo must be attached to her file so that state inspectors can verify the required ultrasound was performed.

Indiana State Sen. Liz Brown

HB 1577 also ties an abortion clinic’s health and safety reporting to the state’s licensing process, preventing  clinics with open inspection violations from receiving rubber stamp approval for licensing renewal.

The bill also requires that any parental signatures for a minor’s abortion must be notarized as an additional step to help prevent falsification of parental signatures.

In addition, conscience protections are extended to mental health workers to protect them from being forced to facilitate or counsel for abortions, if such individuals object on ethical, moral or religious grounds. legislation will save lives in Indiana.”

House co-authors include Rep. Joanna King and Rep. Michelle Davis.

Senate co-sponsors include Sen. Erin Houchin, Sen. Linda Rogers, Sen. Mike Gaskill, Sen. James Tomes, Sen. James Buck, Sen. Dennis Kruse, and Sen. Jeff Raatz.