Hoosiers Having Mixed Feelings About Governor Holcomb’s Signing of SEA 340
An abortion law that goes into effect in Indiana this summer isn’t sitting well with some, and the idea of a legal challenge is being tossed around. Governor Eric Holcomb, who bills himself as pro-life, signed SEA 340 last weekend. It requires doctors to disclose the age, education, marital status and race of the woman who receives an abortion. It also keeps track of the number of abortions each patient has had. Patti Stauffer from Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it puts unnecessary restrictions into place and is government intrusion into the sacred relationship between doctors and their patients. If doctors don’t follow the new reporting guidelines, they could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, face up to 180 days in prison, and be fined up to $1,000. Holcomb and other supporters of the legislation say it’s a way to increase patient safety.
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