Rep. Wesco's Various Abortion Matters Bill Passes the House
STATEHOUSE- Rep. Wesco's breast cancer screening and various abortion matters bill passed the House by a vote of 73 to 23. The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.
HB 1210 finds a compelling state interest in protecting the unborn children due to studies that demonstrate that after 20 weeks the fetus can feel pain. The bill sets various requirements that physicians must meet prior to performing an abortion, such as the woman being informed orally and in writing of information that includes the risks involved, information on the fetus, and being shown an ultrasound of the fetus. Moreover, the state department of health is required to provide materials for pregnant woman on their website.
The bill creates a cause of action for a woman and the biological father if a physician recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally performs an abortion in violation of the law. If the physician is found guilty, actual and punitive damages must be paid.
Additionally, the bill provides that the funds from Indiana's check-up plan trust fund to be used to provide money for breast and cervical cancer checks.
"This is a bill I am proud to co-author. The protection of human life is the first responsibility of any government," said Rep. Wesco. "This bill will discourage women from getting an abortion and hopefully, reduce the number of unborn children that we kill in Indiana."
Rep. Wesco serves District 21, which includes parts of St. Joseph's and Elkhart counties. For the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Wesco is a member of the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Labor, Employment and Pensions Committee, and Public Policy Committee.