Rep. Bacon: Helping protect mothers, the unborn

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:35 am

As a legislator, I face some tough decisions when it comes to creating and voting on new laws for our state. I consistently stand strong in protecting the unborn and supporting pro-life proposals brought before lawmakers.

This important issue is of both national and local importance. Across the country, Planned Parenthood and three other tissue-specimen companies are suspected of selling human fetal tissue in recent years.

After combing through reports from Planned Parenthood, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary found that the Department of Justice has failed to enforce a federal law banning the buying and selling of human fetal tissue. The law in question dates back to 1993, stipulating that fetal tissues may be transferred for research purposes so long as no one profits from the transfer.

The U.S. Senate has sent recommendations to the U.S. attorney general and the FBI to investigate Planned Parenthood funding.

At the state level, the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly is underway and I have plans to make clarifications to Indiana’s abortion law. Many of the recipients of a drug-induced abortion are not aware of the possibility to interrupt the procedure. The proposal I am bringing before the General Assembly will address the need for informed consent. Before a patient undergoes a drug-induced abortion, the facility will be required to notify the patient of the potential to interrupt the procedure once it has begun.

A drug-induced abortion is a two-step process, which involves taking two different sets of pills in sequence over the course of one or two days. For 30 to 50 percent of women who take only the first pill, they will maintain their pregnancy.

I know there are some women that have second thoughts immediately after starting their chemical abortion, but think that it is too late to interrupt the procedure. But this is not always the case. I hope by adding this clarification, we can protect both mothers and the unborn. Together, through education and knowledge, we could help save more Hoosier lives.

As I work on your behalf, I would like to hear your input to help me better represent House District 75. I can be reached at my office via email at h75@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9833.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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