By Dave Andrusko
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed House Bill 1217, an anti-coercion measure that would make it a felony in Indiana to coerce a woman into having an abortion. It would also hold abortion clinics accountable for failing to report coercion to law enforcement, according to Indiana Right to Life.
House Bill 1217 won final approval, 74-17 in the House, after passing the Senate, by an equally hefty margin of 38-10.
Indiana joins 18 other states with laws against coerced abortions
Amazingly, Planned Parenthood hammered the new law as a “redundant and unnecessary designed to stigmatize abortion and restrict access to care.”
A study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found that nearly 75 percent of the 987 American women who participated in an after-abortion survey admitted that they experienced “at least subtle forms of pressure to terminate their pregnancies.”
After the bill passed both houses but before Gov. Holcomb signed it, Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter said, “The Indiana legislature is to be applauded for strengthening protections for women who might otherwise be forced by their abusers into abortions they do not wish to have.” He added, “It is regretful, but not surprising, that abortion supporters opposed this legislation, placing the business of abortion over the safety of women.”
Bill sponsor Sen. Liz Brown said “We have a pro-choice group in our legislature who is really concerned about a woman having a choice,” according to Kaitlin Lange of the Indianapolis Star. “But apparently that choice is only valid when that choice is to have an abortion. They don’t want to protect a woman when the choice is not to have an abortion.”