Indiana has passed a bill that requires officials to inspect every abortion clinic across the state to ensure that they meet adequate standards. In addition to this, a bill was also passed to classify the murder of an unborn baby as a homicide. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the two pieces of pro-life legislation into law last week and was met with approval from pro-life advocates and fierce criticism from abortion supporters.
The new law sets out specific requirements the inspection of abortion centers – this is, however, something already required in 27 other states. The new rules would mean all medical doctors must produce reports for any treatment they give women for complications due to abortion, including infections and anxiety.
Criticism was swift from the Democrats. “It seems to me that this is an attempt to make this appear like a dangerous procedure, and it’s not,” said Rep. Sue Errington, as reported by the Baptist Press. Pro-life advocates, on the other hand, see this as an absolutely essential requirement for abortion clinics, citing many recent cases where conditions in various clinics were discovered to be sub-standard and hazardous.
“This important pro-life law ensures abortion complications don’t get swept under the rug. Hoosier women deserve better,” said Indiana Right to Life president Mike Fichter.
An extraordinary second bill was also signed by Holcomb last week – establishing a fetal homicide law, SB 203. From now on, anyone who kills an unborn baby can face murder charges, regardless of the baby’s period of gestation. The previous law only just protected babies who had reached the point of viability. The most unbelievable part? The law does not apply to abortion – which amounts to the deliberate termination of a life.
According to Rewire.News:
“SB 203 provides that the crimes of murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and feticide, may be committed against a fetus in any stage of development. Current law provides that such crimes may be committed against a fetus that has attained viability. The bill provides that a person who commits a felony that causes the termination of a pregnancy may receive an additional sentence of six to 20 years. The bill specifies that such offenses do not apply to lawfully performed abortions or a pregnant person who terminates or causes the termination of their own pregnancy.”
Some 37 other states have fetal homicide laws. Maintaining the disconnect between the death of a mother and the death of a living unborn child, three of those states incorporate the baby’s death into the charges of bodily injury to the mother. The law came under the spotlight in Colorado back in 2016 when a jury convicted a woman of attempted murder after she attacked a pregnant woman and cut out her unborn baby. The baby did not survive.