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New Law Requires Doctors To Make Women Confess If They’ve Had An Abortion, Or Face Jail Time

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Indiana  just introduced a new law that further violates the privacy of women who are seeking or who have had abortions. Now doctors and hospitals have to submit detailed reports when a woman seeks treatment for physical or psychological conditions even remotely caused by a past abortion.

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Care providers who fail to submit the “abortion complications” report to the State Department of Health face Class B misdemeanor charges, a $100 fine for each instance, and up to six months in prison.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) says that 27 other states already have similar laws that are only to collect information on complications arising from abortions, and that they won’t restrict access to the procedure.

However, the report includes information that has nothing to do with complications, such as race and county of residence. They also have to report the patient’s age, the type of abortion, the date and location of the procedure, every complication and treatment, the date of every visit to every doctor who treated the patient for the complication, and any abortion drugs.

And the definition of “complication” is very broad, including immediate physical injury caused by the procedure to emotional and psychological suffering, such as anxiety and depression, that may not manifest for years are the abortion.

After they have compiled the data, the state health department will publish an anonymous tally of Indiana abortion complications to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be included in the Vital Statistics Report.

Even though Indiana says that the purpose of this study isn’t to deter women from seeking abortions, “pro-life” groups are already making plans to use the report to do just that. Mike Fitcher, president of Indiana Right to Life called the legislation an “important pro-life law: that  “ensures abortion complications don’t get swept under the rug.”

“Hoosier women deserve better,” Fichter said. “We don’t want to see anyone injured by the abortion industry.”

But Christie Gillespie, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, pointed out that the law “is not about enhancing patient safety” and “does absolutely nothing to reduce unintended pregnancies.”

“(It) adds unnecessary restrictions to Indiana’s licensing requirements for abortion providers and is the perfect example of government intrusion into the sacred relationship between doctors and their patients,” Gillespie said.

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