Rep. Bacon: Supporting Hoosiers with Crohn's disease

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, March 17, 2017 11:58 am

Roughly 30,000 Hoosiers suffer from Crohn’s disease. This chronic inflammatory bowel disease can cause abdominal pain and frequent diarrhea, which is why I’m sponsoring a bill for a new law that would help Crohn’s patients by requiring businesses to open up their bathrooms to those suffering from this disease.

Many businesses have public restrooms, but for those that don’t, they need to realize that there are instances where people suffer from a medical condition and absolutely must use the bathroom. Many businesses are empathetic and welcome patrons to their private restrooms. For those businesses that don’t, the law I am working on would ensure Crohn’s patients with a doctor’s slip can use their restrooms if it does not pose a security risk for the company or customers.

As a small-business owner and medical health professional, I can understand the needs of Crohn’s patients and the property rights of companies. This is why I feel it is important for me to be the policymaker who works to make this a law. I can help educate fellow lawmakers on what patients with Crohn’s disease go through and the hesitation of small-business owners that may not have public restroom facilities.

If enacted, Indiana would join 16 other states, including four states surrounding Indiana, in this effort to help accommodate Crohn’s sufferers.

As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9833 or by email at h75@iga.in.gov. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h75. 

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