STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – Legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) prohibiting dismemberment abortions in Indiana recently was passed by the Senate and could soon become law.
The medical term for the procedure is dilation and evacuation, or D&E. The term D&E also applies to what is known as a partial-birth abortion, which is banned at the federal level.
According to Smaltz, dismemberment abortions were performed 27 times in Indiana last year. He said the bill prohibits the practice of extracting a fetus from the mother’s womb using clamps or scissors via disarticulation while the heart is still beating.
“There is absolutely nothing more important than protecting the sanctity of human life and ending this barbaric practice will protect those innocent lives,” Smaltz said. “All human life, including the preborn, is sacred and deserves our respect. We must be the voice of those unable to speak for themselves.”
House Enrolled Act 1211 includes exclusions for cases where mothers face life-threatening risks. Under this bill, a physician who performs the procedure in cases where the exclusions do not apply could be charged with a Level 5 felony, which carries a possible sentence of 1 to 6 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Smaltz worked with legislators, several pro-life groups and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office last summer to craft this legislation.
State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of
DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.
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